|Sandpoint Film Festival at the Panida Film Festival, Nov. 2, 2013|
|Actor James Pendleton, Director Rebecca Cook and|
screenwriter Mary Jane Honegger enjoy the moment
following award at Sandpoint Film Festival.
Without the inspiration, motivation and mentoring I received from members of the Coeur d’Alene Chapter of the Idaho Writer's League I would not have become a writer. Without the mentoring and support of members of Northwest Independent Film & Video Entertainment Society (kNIFVES) I would not have become a screenwriter. Of course my family support was essential (especially my spouse), but in addition to that "attagirl” attitude I received from my family, the information, advice and expertise provided to me by those writing groups enabled me to step up on that stage as a screenwriter.
|Root Bound director Rebecca Cook shares information onstage at the|
Sandpoint Film Festival while screenwriter Mary Jane Honegger and
Festival Director Janice Jarzabek share the limelight.
For me, joining writing support groups enlarged my world and enabled me to break outside the solitary box I created around my writing. These groups held informative monthly programs with plenty of networking opportunities; and sponsored classes, workshops and conferences. Through these groups I learned of writing opportunities, grew to appreciate critiques of my work and found mentors whose encouragement helped me set higher goals for myself as a writer.
|Jennifer Lamont Leo chats with friends at|
2008 Idaho Writer's League Meeting.
Most importantly, I found friendship with other writers by joining these groups. They were writers. They understood. They appreciated why it takes me so long to find the right word or phrase. They commiserated with my rejections and urged me not to give up; they buoyed me up when I flubbed (big time); and applauded when success came my way. They showed up for my premier or sent their best wishes.
Sitting in the same row with her were fellow bloggers Liz Brinton and her husband Nick and Jenny Leo. Other bloggers, Kathy Dobbs, Ana Goodwin and Jennifer Rova, had sent their well wishes prior to the showing. Together the seven of us have been blogging on Writing North Idaho for nearly three years. We all met at the Idaho Writer’s League. I know it sounds cliche, but their support means the world to me.
|WNI Blogettes at Newman Lake retreat in 2011. From left:|
Jennifer Rova, Jenny Leo, Liz Brinton,
Mary Jane Honegger, Nancy Barnes & Kathy Dobbs.
With that much support I was already a winner even before the opening credits rolled. I hope you'll check out a writing support group near you or take a look at the many online networking opportunities for writers. Good luck!
|2013 Root Bound|
Audience Choice Award
Sandpoint Film Festival
|I would also like to express special thanks|
to my husband Larry for his willingness to support
the many extraordinary requests he gets
as a result of my writing career.