Writing Family

Saturday, I went to my writing chapter holiday party. We wore our crazy Christmas sweaters, and did a White Elephant Gift Exchange using “ugly” ornaments. I’d found an ornament that was a small green sweater with snowflakes on the sleeves. Seemed appropriate. We’ve met in the La Hacienda Restaurant for many years now. It takes me 30 minutes to get there. Before we moved to the lake, it took 45 minutes.IMG_6433

I’ve been a member of NTRWA for almost 10 years. I’m a published writer because of the women in this group and the people they connected me to. From the woman who set me up with my first critique partners who I spent three years exchanging twenty pages each week with to the judges who gave me invaluable input on those first chapters in my first books, like maybe I should take a course in GMC, when I didn’t know what those letters stood for. LOL The chapter also introduced me to Margie Lawson who I credit with getting my writing to the place where a publisher wanted it.IMG_6426

In the beginning years I served on various committees, ultimately becoming the president of the group. That’s the year I nearly gave up writing. But because I was president of NTRWA, I had this obligation to write an article for each month’s newsletter. My theme was “Keep On, Keeping On.” I wrote the articles for all writers, but I wrote them especially to myself. I’m so grateful for that year and for the chapter expecting me to keep on keeping on.


Writers all around me were selling their books. I had accumulated enough rejections to paper a room. And then there were all the ones that just never got back to me. Don’t you hate when that happens? Both my critique partners had sold, and something changes when that happens. Your goals change. Your obligations change. And so you move on. One of the things I’ve learned is everyone must find their own way in this business. We learn from others, but ultimately we have to write to find our voice and to make it happen.

If you’re like me, its hard to find time to write during the holidays. The wonderful thing is whenever we make time to get to the computer or laptop or you few amazing folks who still pick up a pencil to write, we can find that joy of spewing out words, telling our tales of murder, suspense, and romance. And what a joy and what a privilege it is to say “I am a writer.”  “I am an author.” “People read my books.”IMG_6427

Pretty amazing, huh?

As grateful as I am to be apart of NTRWA, I’m also thankful to be a part of this blog. Writing is a solitary business. My writing chapter and you in Sisterhood of Suspense connect me to real people who share my dreams and aspirations. I am blessed to be a part of you all.

Readers, don’t forget to participate in our contest and to sign up for our members’ individual newsletters, follow us on FB, check out our websites, and of course, leave a review after you read one of our books. Besides each other, we need you readers, too.

Whatever you are celebrating at this time of year, I wish you joy and peace, love and family.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Marsha, Thanks for the uplifting post. I’m also happy to be part of the Sisterhood family. 🙂

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, Joanne, thanks for stopping by and sharing. 🙂 Wonderful holidays for you. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Kathryn Jane says:

    Wishing you joy, peace, love and family as well, Marsha! 🙂

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, Kathryn, thanks for the good wishes and for the beautiful spirit you share with us all. 🙂

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  3. Sharon Wray says:

    So lovely, Marsha. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas as well. 🙂

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, Sharon. Thank you. We are blessed to have this unique group. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Fenley Grant says:

    So happy to be a part of your writing family–what a wonderful post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, Fenley. I really appreciate your support. Thanks for stopping by here. 🙂


  5. vicki says:

    Hi, Marsha! We have to get together with our friend in 2018 and have a good long visit. I’m so happy we’re in the Sisterhood. Merry Christmas! vb

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, Vicki. Absolutely! Putting it on my to-do list for the new year. 🙂


  6. Marsha, what sweet words. We love having you as part of the sisterhood and love your photos. Yes, it’s hard to write this time of year but the sharing and fun is worth it!

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Hey, McKenna. Thank you. You guys mean a lot to me. How amazing we can have such good friends we’ve never met in person. Amazing world we live in. Blessings on all First Responders, especially at this time of year. 🙂


  7. Marsha, I think we’re the ones who are blessed! You share warmth and love with every post.
    Happy holidays!

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    1. marsharwest says:

      Oh, Jacquie. You make me tear up. Thank you and blessings on you and your famlly. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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