It's a motto, a standard to live your life by. And like the phrase "Pay it Forward," it is a tenet that has etched itself onto my soul. After leaving UtopYA this year, I was not only filled with a new sense of determination and purpose (and a clump full of new friends), but also asking myself this question: What can I do to Lift as I Climb? How can I help others succeed while I pursue success? Of course, this got me thinking about how lucky I am already. I mean, I'm not successful by most definitions of the word, not yet, but I've accomplished my biggest dream by completing AND publishing a book.
I owe that success to my writing group. The Rebel Writers. They are my Rebel Sisters (and Brother). They are my comrades, my friends, my partners. They are the listening ears when I need to vent, or talk through a story line, or share my excitement. They are the shoulders I cry on and beat into when things are hard, the words are slow, and the reviews are bad. They are the voices offering me encouragement I need to carry on writing, and the critiques I need to carry on writing better. I can say, in all honesty, that I wouldn't have published my first book without them, let alone finish it. In fact, writing a book would still be placed in my 'someday' pile, instead of my 'today.'
A few weeks ago, or months, our group had discussed setting up other first time authors to form their own writing group. But, we talk about a lot of things; we're artists and dreamers so we don't always DO everything we talk about (and count yourself lucky, because we talk about taking over the world a lot).
So, while I'm pondering what I can possibly do to help others, I remembered this idea. This fun idea that we were going to use in our long-term goal of world domination (see!), and realized what better way to Lift? I mean, The Rebel Writers have been Lifting as we Climbed since our first tentative posts last year. Well, we have with each other at least. Because that's what a good writing group does.
And that's what we want to give you.
We're putting a little RW symbol in the sky (think Batman) and calling for YOU. Yes, YOU with your half filled notebooks and 'someday' dreams. We're starting The Rebel Alliance.
And if you want it too, email us! Now! Before you get cold feet!
We'll make it easy for you... clicking THIS LINK RIGHT HERE will take you to our signup sheet in a separate window.
We truly and sincerely hope to hear from you!
Note for all you authors, readers, and bloggers... help spread the word! If you know someone that might be interested, let them know about us. It's hard finding a group out there; we were lucky to find each other, and if we can help just one other group form and on the road to pursue their dreams, then it's well worth the effort!
Post written by Regan Claire, but this is a joint idea. A joint effort. Like most things we Rebels put our minds to ;)