July 5, 2011

Tub-Full Tuesdays: A Community of Writers

For those new to the blog, we celebrate what fills our tub on Tub-Full Tuesdays. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher taught her students that they have buckets. Happy, fun, and kind events fill our buckets while sad, mean, and discouraging events empty them. Thanks to this picture of my girls, we write about feelings and achievements which fill our tubs.

My girls and my inspiration
for Tub-Full Tuesdays
 I'm so proud to be part of the writing community. When our novel was first published, I was scared to talk with other writers. Would I be accepted? Would other writers look down on a self-published author?

Thanks to wonderful experiences with the Maryland Writers' Association, Michelle Rafter's Blogathon, LinkedIn, Novel Publicity, and other groups I can honestly say I've found writers to be an inclusive, sharing group.

I plan to use this blog as a way to give back to my writing community. The more I learn about this industry, the more I want to share. Writers helping writers, what could be better? If only middle-schoolers knew the benefits of inclusion and sharing knowledge (can you tell I'm terrified to send my first girl to middle school this fall?).
Royalty free image Dreamstime.com

Case in point: the Ultimate Blog Challenge is free and hosts Michele and Michelle give tips and blog post ideas. Today's email contained 170 ideas for post topics. 170!

It is only Day 5 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, and I've already found some inspirational blogs. Not all are about the publishing industry, but all bloggers are writers. As I get to know more of my fellow challenge bloggers, I will share their links and wonderful tips here (with due credit, of course).

If you've been wanting to increase your blog's traffic or just write better blog copy, there's still time to join the Ultimate Blog Challenge at http://ultimateblogchallenge.com/.

"Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success."  ~Henry Ford


Annette Gendler said...

Glad to have found you as well, Tia!

Kate @ Teaching What Is Good said...

I love how you share resources and encouragement to writers!!

Tia Bach said...

Annette & Kate, My lovely Blogathon buddies. I need to thank Michelle Rafter again for bringing such wonderful people into my life.

And, Kate, I knew so little when my first book came out. I wish I knew then (or even a year before) what I know now. I don't want other writers floundering like I did.

Unknown said...

Love this idea! And what a great visual to help get through trying times! I'm going to plaster this thought on my mirror to inspire me in the mornings: "What will I fill my tub with today?"

Thanks, Tia!

Tia Bach said...

Mikaela, Thanks! I may fill my tub with some chocolate and writing today!