Hi readers and subscribers, I’m Ramona Grigg and this is Writer Everlasting. I chose that name because I’ve been in it for the long haul, I’m still writing, and there’s no end in sight. If you’re an everlasting writer, you’re in the right place.
I’ve been writing, teaching, and editing for more than 40 years. I’ve made all of the newbie mistakes and I can’t say I’ve found perfection at last, but I’m comfortable with who I am as a writer. That’s half the battle. It took me a while to see this, but if I can share anything here it’ll be the absolute necessity to shed our fears and get comfortable with our writing selves.
Not so comfortable that we can’t see our flaws, of course. There’s a fine line between confidence and egotism. We’ll never be as good as we want to be but we can always be better.
Some of you may be new to publishable writing and are feeling like newbies. That’s because you are newbies! No worries. We’ve all been there. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but really, seriously, don’t be afraid to add to the dialogue. Disagree with us if you’re feeling it! We’re all still learning, and if we aren’t, well, shame on us.
There will be writing and and there will be talking about writing here, and my hope is I won’t be the only one. Writing is a lonely art. When we sit down to write it’s just us and our thoughts. At some point we need to talk to somebody, and when we do, we go looking for our community.
We don’t have to look far. There are writers’ groups and clubs and organizations everywhere. Even and especially online. So what makes Writer Everlasting different? I don’t know yet. I have a vision but it may be different from yours. Our needs are what will steer us.
Stick around and we’ll build this place together. We’ll find out. Say anything, ask anything. You’re not just guests, you’re part of everything that happens here. You write and you want to be read. Me, too. You want to be seen and heard. Me, too. You want to know you matter. Me, too.
So let’s do it!
If you want to know more about me, you can read my “About Me” page on my sister publication, Constant Commoner. It’s right here. (Feel free to look around while you’re there. You’re always welcome anywhere I am.)
Because you’re a writer and I’m a writer and there are going to be writers here. And because it’s all about writing well. No sales pitches, no gimmicks, no pretending everyone’s a writer.
We’ll be learning here, and sharing what we know. And we’ll have fun! Dammit!
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After you’ve checked out Writer Everlasting, I invite you to check out my more general sister publication, Constant Commoner. I write about life and culture and politics. Because I’m filled with opinions and they need an outlet! Thanks for visiting both of my neighborhoods.
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