Hello and welcome to Dianna’s Writing Den. Some of you may know me from my old blog, Fictional Worlds (fictionalworlds.net). For those of you who don’t, I am a young Canadian writer who focuses mainly on dark fantasy, though currently I am also working on my first YA fantasy project. I created Fictional Worlds in order to talk about my passion, which is writing, and to share my writing journey with others. Due to some issues with my former host, I have created this blog in its place and switched hosts.
Here in Dianna’s Writing Den you will find writing prompts and exercises, author interviews, book reviews, and blog posts on every topic imaginable related to writing. I do my best to post three times a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, though sometimes it’s hard when I’m also trying to complete several fictional projects and high school.
This year I hope you will follow me on my journey towards becoming the full time writer I have always dreamed of being. I hope to help other aspiring writers and to give successful writers interesting reading material. To this end I will also be doing workshops, a Dear Diary workshop in May and a Pre-Nanowrimo/Novel Planning workshop in October.
What would you like to see here on Dianna’s Writing Den?
I am beginning an intense project that will take up most of my time over the next few weeks: moving Fictional Worlds. For the time being I will only be posting the regular scheduled prompts and interviews.
I have chosen to leave Orble for several reasons. This is a very sad decision for me to make and with it comes the end of an era (at least as far as my writing journey is concerned).
When I first joined Orble, I was immediately struck by the community. My very first blog post was given a warm welcome from a blogger named David, who has been gone from Orble for over a year now. I quickly made some friends here and it is those friends who kept me at this blogging thing-people like Katyzzz (http://www.mspaintart.com/) and Jeanne (http://www.writersnotes.net/)These people will always have a special place in my heart and I feel that they have been incredibly important to my blogging journey.
Since joining Orble I feel that I have seen the strength of the community fade, on both a small and large scale. While some key people have remained and continued to make Orble a great place, many have left and the new bloggers have not necessarily been up to par. One particular incident that struck me was when a new Orble blogger sent me a personal message asking for advice on her blog. I went to her blog to find that she had not proofread her work and had left it full of spelling and grammar errors, and that on top of that her blog had no focus and no real meaning. She was very offended when I told her to correct her spelling. I remember a time when, in general, Orble bloggers knew how to spell. I would like to think that they still do. I am starting to worry that this is not the case.
I sincerely hope that those of you who have joined me here at Orble will continue to follow my blogging journey. I also hope that those of you here at Orble who remain will know that I do not speak with the intention of slandering Orble in any way. But I do feel that it is time to find a place of my own, even if I have to carve it out of the web.
I would like to say thank you to Orble, to Jon, to Katyzzz and to Jeanne for showing me how great blogging can be. Thanks for all of your support. I hope that my relationship with Orble will continue to be beneficial to both of us even as the moving process occurs. It is with great sadness that I prepare to take my leave.
But it is also the holiday season, a time of change and a time to remember. I will never forget Orble nor my friends here, and I hope that the new year will bring me a wonderful new place and many new successes.