Y'all have missed my Best Scoop of the Week, haven't you? I've missed my ice cream too!! This week, I'm getting my red dress out and going out on the town with the featured blog....
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You ever get an idea, like you think, "Wouldn't it be cool if...." and then you decide you need to rope someone into doing it too because it's just a lot more fun to share your idea with a fellow blogger who you know is going to be just as excited as you?
Yes? Then you'll get how it was when I thought it'd be pretty cool to form a virtual writers club. A place where bloggers could talk about the art of writing. And then we'd have a private space where people could post their writing samples for critique. I say "we" because I floated the idea to Ericka of Alabaster Cow and she jumped right on board.
We named our blog The Red Dress Club after a post by The Bloggess. She wrote about how so many of us have a "red dress," that dream we have that we keep in the closet, or deem to frivolous, or are just too scared to take out and "wear." It's one of the most inspiring posts I've ever read.
For many of us, our red dress is our writing. Maybe we've always wanted to write a book. But we don't consider ourselves writers, or we think people would laugh if they knew our dream, or we find excuses not to do it.
At The Red Dress Club, we like to foster discussion about different topics about writing. We talk about what's holding us back and we give a little pep talk . We also give practical information like how to write a query letter.
We also have a weekly meme where we come up with a writing prompt Tuesdays and, on Fridays, you can post it on your personal blog and link up at TRDC. It's a fun (we hope) way to flex your writing muscles and to try new things.
Both Ericka and I have writing backgrounds. Ericka has a degree in English/creative writing and is currently working on her third manuscript. I was a professional newspaper journalist for 16 years and am considering trying a little fiction.
We welcome anyone who has an interest in writing to come join us. Hey - it's free! What do you have to lose?
Cheryl from Mommypants
Can I just add in here that I'm having a blast wearing my red dress? I'm making new friends, all with a common interest--writing. I mean that's why we are all here in the first place right?