Welcome to Along the Writer’s Way

“Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.” ~ Carolyn G. Heilbrun

Although some may find this philosophy repugnant, it seems some things do happen for a reason. I had long been thinking about a new website and blog. That said, it’s a steep learning curve, especially in the midst of finishing my novel, A Woman Alone. Whoever said that writing was just about writing? As authors know, we find ourselves with the somewhat unenviable task of mastering social media and everything that entails.

So bear with me as we begin this journey, me experimenting with design, blocks, templates, fonts and more, while, hopefully, providing interesting and timely blog posts on subjects from the craft of writing to women’s lives and finding within an ordinary day the extraordinary.

So what makes Along the Writer’s Way different from Women’s Writing Circle? Our Circle no longer formally meets so I won’t be writing about critique and read around. In 2020 I had decided to take a year off from facilitating our group, something I had done for ten years with love. International travel beckoned, but that was in the Before Times. So, now a new journey begins, albeit still grounded in writing about women’s lives and stories.

As May Sarton writes in Journal of Solitude: “I have only to imagine what it would be like were there very quiet days, under no immediate pressure, taken from me to realize how precious they are.” And, so, as the light from my window casts its morning glow across the books and manuscripts on my desk, I came to appreciate a new rhythm to my days. The walks with a neighbor, the unexpected visits from my adult children and the conversations we shared, the phone calls and, yes, even the ubiquitous Zoom meeting. As life changes, one thing remains constant—the joy of self-discovery and creative expression “along the writer’s way.”

Published by Susan G. Weidener

Join me as I share reflections, always with an eye toward the challenges and struggles we women encounter and embrace in both creative and personal ways. My memoir, Again in a Heartbeat, was selected as a 2011 editor’s pick by Story Circle Network. Its sequel Morning at Wellington Square has also achieved critical acclaim. A Portrait of Love and Honor, a novel based on a true story, is centered around a story of two people destined to meet and one man's commitment to honor following his years at West Point. In 1991, I joined the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer and worked as a reporter covering news and writing feature stories until 2007. A native of the Philadelphia suburbs, I attended the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, I started the Women's Writing Circle, a critique and support group for writers in suburban Philadelphia, which now meets informally. I live in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania with my Yellow Lab, Lily.

18 thoughts on “Welcome to Along the Writer’s Way

  1. Congratulations, Susan! It appears this pandemic yielded some very creative ideas for you. Love the premise of your blog and it will tie in nicely with your new novel. Onward!

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  2. I like the crisp, clean look I see here. And the title is perfect.

    The opening quote reminds me of the tussle I had about what to include in my memoir. Would it be a pleasant walk through a Mennonite meadow? Or, should I reveal family secrets and show my path toward forgiveness. I haven’t regretted choosing the latter.

    You rock, Susan! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Marian. This is a rough draft of the look of this site. I think I need a website developer. Help! You took the ‘road less traveled,’ so to speak, in “Mennonite Daughter” and gave us all something to think about.

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  3. Susan, congratulations on stepping into a new direction. Tying your timing to coincide with the publication of your new book is perfect. I really like the simplicity of your design and the blue background has a calming effect as I read. May your days be filled with continuing creativity and new adventures as you travel Along the Writer’s Way (great title!).

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    1. Thank you, Sherrey. I am always amazed at this journey. The blue background? That is interesting as I thought it was white. Aha! The learning curve continues. Thank you for your good wishes and I look forward to hearing about your travels along the writer’s way.

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  4. Susan, congratulations on your new blog. I like it. I’m sure it took quite a bit of effort to create and launch it. The clean, uncluttered look is perfect. I look forward to watching how this evolves.

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn. I’ll be interested to see how it evolves too. I feel the turn to spring away from the dreary gray days will make space for something new … a robin at the window … and, of course, my forsythia…John’s forsythia…bursting into bloom.

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  5. “Along the Writer’s Way” sounds like a unique and challenging endeavor in a world filled with uncertainties and afflictions, our feelings are ever shifting. Good Luck with your new site and new book!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sally, and thank you for stopping by. It does give one pause to think what might happen next in such a tempestuous world, but, for me at least, writing always leads the way to a more hopeful place.

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