One of my favorite things about being a writer is – readers! Writers write to connect with others. When a reader is entertained by or can relate to or is challenged by something I’ve written, and then takes the time to tell me so – Wow! – that makes my day!
Sometimes, writing feels like ghost work. A writer pours hours of hard work into a project, only to wonder if anyone reads it or appreciates all the late nights, rewrites, and skipped meals.
Yesterday in town, a lady came up to me with a huge smile plastered across her face. “I absolutely LOVED your book!” she exclaimed. She went on to tell me, “When I finished your book, I told my husband how much I enjoyed it. He said that I should write you a note telling you so, but I told him, ‘No! I’m going to find Camille and tell her myself!'”
All those late nights and the tedious editing? Totally worth it!
So, I’m challenging you today: take a few minutes to hug a writer. Maybe you won’t run into your favorite writer walking down the sidewalk in town this afternoon, but you can still give him or her a hug. How?
Write a review.
Click on over to Amazon, Barnes&Noble or Goodreads and write a few sentences about what you liked about a particular book, or about what you wish had been handled differently. (Even “bad” reviews are good, because they help a writer refine her craft.) Write a review on a personal blog. Submit a review to your local newspaper.
By writing a review, YOU become part of the writing process. Welcome to the world of writing!