Girls Write Out
Monday, February 20, 2006


Here's a picture of Diann, me, and Colleen at a recent speaking engagement--the only thing missing is Kristin (move to Indiana, K!)

All four of us orignally met online and started critiquing each other's mss. and chatting on email. Eventually, we attended conferences together and built a friendship that has turned into one of my life's biggest blessings.

Writing can be a solitary occupation, and you can find yourself lonely and uninformed because you've closeted yourself away from others. If you haven't done so already, take a step to broaden your world. Join an online writer's group (ACFW and FHL are a couple good ones). Go to a conference and meet other writers like yourself. You'll grow in knowlege as you learn from others and expand your horizons as you meet people who share a common goal. And who knows, you might just find a friend for life.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:06 AM  
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At 11:08 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Very lovely picture. Very true words!


At 11:19 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I don't know what I'd do without my online buddies all day, I really don't. I spent an hour getting my phone to ring David Crowder yesterday. This is my life alone. Oh yeah, I need to "get out more" but writing sometimes makes that impossible, so I am thrilled for my friends, who will root me on in my stupid daily goals (ie., download ringtones as a person over 20).

At 11:33 PM, Blogger Tracey Bateman said...

So true, Denise. I don't knwo what I'd do without my friends.

At 6:44 AM, Blogger Rhonda Gibson said...

I agree, Denise! We need those connections. I'd be lost without my online writing buddies.


At 11:10 AM, Blogger Ron Estrada said...

I was just checking to see if my crit buddies were saying nasty things about me. I see they haven't. So...I LOVE my crit group. They definately make this a more tolerable road (but still not easy).

At 5:01 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Where would I be without the Posse? Crit group 14 originals: Kim, Bev, Jill S., Margie, Crystal. We rocketh.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I can see I was preaching to the choir here. I'm so glad you all have good writer friends!

At 7:27 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

i had no internet for 3 weeks (if you noticed, i didn't comment for a while) and i went stark crazy! no friends to chat to in the evening! no email to check. noone to have a whine to when i had a bad day (my roommate hadn't moved in yet) i ended up CALLING a bunch of my online buddies, and well, long distance phone calls that last for an hour just aren't cheap are they?

thank God for the internet!

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Bethanie, I did that for two weeks, and I thought the sun was going to stop rising. LOL I'm so glad you're back! Amazing how we get attached to this computer, but when you write all day it's all you have!

At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Bethanie said...

kristin i'm so glad i'm back too! unfortunately my computer is broken still, but i have my roommates to use. i got a call from the place and said my laptop is ready to pick up so i'll be rushing down there tomorrow after uni to collect it! i'm so excited!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Love the picture, ladies. While at the ACFW conference, a friend and I attended the Brainstorming session the four of you held. That was the catalyst for my friend and I to become crit partners. I couldn't do it without her. You ladies are an inspiration because you've shown how mixed genres can work well together.


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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