Saturday, 9 April 2011

Heroines with Hearts

I make no apology for ‘advertising’ the group blog to which I belong.  It started back in October 2009 with 5 of us.  Then, without warning, the instigator of the group abandoned us (we later learned it was because of a health problem).  That happened about 2 or 3 weeks after she set up the blog.  The four of us who were left knew very little about blogging at that stage, but we persevered.  We chose a different topic for each week, and each of us added our own piece.

At the beginning of 2010, we decided to introduce a new feature – Friday Friends.  Every Friday, each of us in turn would find and interview another author.  This led to a pleasing increase in our followers and, indeed, in my case, to the establishment of some ‘real’ friendships which have lasted ever since.

During 2010, we had several changes in the group as some members departed and we brought others on board.  Now there are only two of us original members, but we have we have 3 more.  We continue to choose topics for each week and post from Sunday through to Thursday, while on Friday we continue to have our Friday Friends, although the latter now submit a blog on a writing topic of their own choosing rather than being ‘interviewed.’

It’s quite remarkable how we continue to come up with new topics to discuss.  They’ve ranged from ‘My Writing Strengths’ to ‘The Hardest Part of Writing’, and have included settings, characters, weather, colours, plotting, conflicts, fear, dialogue, and food.  We’ve discussed our favourite books, poems, movies, romantic heroes and heroines; we’ve talked about plotting, synopses, love scenes, promotion and using the 5 senses (and a few more).  You name it, we’ve probably talked about it, or will do so in the future.  This week our topic has been ‘Music while you write’ and next week will be ‘Different genres’. 

I enjoy being a member of the group.  Some topics I find easy, others really challenge me and make me define my ideas more clearly.    

Do drop in and, if you like what you see, we’d love to have you as a follower


  1. Hi,

    Well, I have to say, I was chuffed to bits when asked to become a regular contributor to HWH. One couldn't want for better group blogging buddies! ;)


  2. It must be very satisfying being part of a likeminded writing blog group to bounce ideas off :O)

  3. Thanks for the shout-out, Paula. HwH is a great blog to be a part of! I know our weekly topics really make me stop and think.

  4. Sounds like you have a lot of interesting discussions over there, I'll be sure to check out the blog.
    - Sophia.

  5. Francine and Debra - agree it's a great blog to be with, I really enjoy it too.

    Madeleine - you're right,it's very satisfying and we're all really supportive of each other.

    Sophia - hope you'll check it out and maybe join us as a follower. We have some GREAT discussions!