Monday, December 22, 2014

The New Writer's CREED 2015

A writer is not a lone solder, mucking it up among words, phrases, and paragraphs. No, a writer is never alone with his/her work. Each writer is only one thread in the tapestry of communication and creative escape our world desperately needs.

WE are community. 

Three years ago, when I released my first Writer's Rebel CREED, my intentions were simply to give myself a method of self-encouragement and accountability. Being a visual person, I needed to SEE it everyday. After creating it, I decided others might benefit from it too. 

The writing community shares a plethora of strengths and weaknesses. We experience similar creative frustrations that slowly gnaw away our motivation. One writer's grammar sense pales in comparison to another's. Creative ideas seem to ooze from some writer's brains, yet others struggle to come up with that next scene. Despite one's strengths and another's weakness, writers never pin those against each other. Instead, we lend our knowledge and experience out in hopes of aiding each other - a community of generosity.  

This year's creed shares similar messages from the last two, but I've added a few new elements I hope you'll be excited about.

1. Any writer who pledges the creed will be added to a Twitter list, which I will share with all creed members. Using hashtag #writercreed, members can share encouragement, good news, needs, and anything else with all members any time they want. There is no set date or time. My hope is that members will take advantage of this easy way to keep in touch and keep the creed alive throughout 2015. 

2. In conjunction with the hashtag #writercreed, members can also tweet #BR or #CP, indicating you are in need of a beta reader or critique partner.

3. I will also be choosing a writing quote at the beginning of each month for members to retweet on Twitter. If members don't have a Twitter account, feel free to share anything via Facebook using the hashtag. 

4. Finally - and my favorite (thanks Robyn) - in conjunction with our hashtag #writercreed, members can also request a #wordsprint - challenging any other member to write nonstop for at least an hour and then report back to each other. Yay! How fun and productive! This writing method is super worthy to produce lots of wordage from you. I've done these before, but they always seem to fade out. I wanted to create an easy way to organize it and keep word sprints alive. Hope you take advantage of it. I know I will. 

Here is this year's creed:


I would be honored for you to join me in committing to this CREED. 
  • Simply add your name & Twitter tag (ex: mine is @SA_Larsen) to the linky list below. (Required)
  • Add your blog/site link.
  • Copy the CREED Badge and paste it on your site, encouraging others to join us. I've included a smaller size for your convenience. (Not required)
I will continue to share this post via social media outlets now and again, hoping to encourage others to join us. The commitment is virtually effortless, but the gains will surely be great. It's be wonderful if you'd share away too. 

This is my last post of 2014. It's been a tougher year for me and my family than in previous years. We've been presented by many challenges, most of which forced me to cut my already blogging time and posts in half. Most of those challenges I've yet to share with you, but do plan to in the near future. 

I look to 2015 with hope and a positive attitude that all is looking up. I wish you all the same. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives and for blessing me with you in mine.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday! Until the new year, Alleywalkers ...
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33 comments:

  1. I will continue to give back to the community, but not sure if I'll be writing anymore.
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. What? Say it isn't so... You're awesome! I'm sure glad you'll still be here, giving freely as you do to our amazing community. All the best to you and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. Hi, Sheri,

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Just signed up for the creed! I LOVE that you are doing this. I totally get what an insane year this has been and how limited blogging time has become. But I pledge to do my best to be there for our community of AMAZING people!

    This is the year I hope to FINALLY have one of my works published. 2014 has published several of my covers and blurbs, thankfully, but nothing with my name embossed on the cover. I have high hopes for 2015. I am moving back HOME to NY at some point and I am going to the SCBWI conference in NYC in February.... I can't WAIT to EMERGE myself in all that talent an positive energy!

    Wishing you and you family a HEALTHY and HAPPY new year!!!!

    SUPER BIG HUGS!

    Michael

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    1. Oh, here's to you for 2015. You go!!! I know you can do it. You've worked so hard and are such a positive online influencer. Thanks for signing up for the creed. I'm hoping by using the Twitter aspect and hashtag all the members will be able to keep in touch a little easier.

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  3. We've had a tough year here as well. Hope things look up for you in 2015 - wishing you all the best!

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  4. I'm in again! Love the Rebel Code. It perks me up all through the year.

    Thanks for creating it and thanks for being my writerly friend over these years.

    All my best for your holiday season. See you in 2015! Big Hug Just About HERE.

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    1. You are too sweet! Thank you for the comments about the creed. Glad you're in! Have a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to reconnecting in 2015!

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  5. I love LOVE the idea and message behind your writer's creed. I think it's a great idea. Group word sprints have always been a little difficult for me because of time zone issues but still, it's a great idea. Give me until after the holidays when I have a little more time, and I'm in. Have a happy holiday and New Year! :)

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    1. Absolutely! You're welcome to sign up at any time and participate however you can. Love to have you! Thanks for the support by stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it.

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  6. I'm in! I love the new additions this year.

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  7. What a great idea! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas :)

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    1. Thanks, Marcy. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Here's to a productive and positive 2015!

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  8. This is a nice idea! I'll share it on my Twitter feed. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  9. Wonderful list. I signed up and will do my best to do it all, although I'm not as active on Twitter as I used to be.

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    1. Thanks for signing up and for spreading the word. Here's to a productive 2015!

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  10. I will mention it on my Monday post, too.

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  11. Thanks for this! A wonderful idea and just what I need to start out 2015 fabluously.

    <3

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    1. So happy to hear you're up for this! I think more of us banning together means a higher level of support and success. Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it. Here's to keeping in touch....

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  12. Signed up! Anything that promotes motivation and sharing is good. I hope 2015 will be an easier year for you.

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    1. YAY! It's wonderful to have you. Here's to a fabulous 2015 for you!

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  13. I love it that you're so kind and considerate. You're a great example for other writers. I don't have Twitter - though I promised myself to do it if I ever sell another book (or at this rate, just manage to finish writing one).

    I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful 2015!!

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    1. Same to you, Lexa! And I'm sure you'll finish another book as well as sell it. Keep at it! Looking forward to staying in touch throughout 2015.

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  14. What a great idea. I know older writers (well, older than me) who talk about what a solitary experience writing used to be. Not anymore, and I love it!

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    1. Aw...so glad to hear you like the idea!

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  15. Hooray for the new Writer's Rebel Creed! And I LOVE the idea of the twitter hashtags, especially about finding beta readers and CP's. Awesome idea! I'm sorry to hear it's been a challenging year for your family. I hope 2015 brings good health, happiness, and blessings for you and your family.

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  16. I would, Sheri. But you know why I can't. But you definitely do ALL those things, my friend. If anyone gives 100% back it's you. Love your idea. xoxoxo

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  17. I love it, especially the #WordSprint idea! Happy New Year, and best of luck with the new Creed!

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  18. I'm totally on board with your creed this year. I hope you have a less challenging and more fulfilling 2015. xo

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  19. great goals. I like that they are focused in writing, not results

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  20. What a great post, Sheri. Wishing you great success and happiness throughout the year.

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    1. Thank you, Nicola! Same to you and thank you for stopping by!

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