Writing can be a lonely passion. Sitting in my office (with the door closed if the kids are around!) with no one to talk to, no one to ask or advise. My wife and family all give encouraging remarks, but are they really the best judge of a book that’s written by someone they love? Then you come across a negative review or comment on the web about your writing and you think – ‘what am i doing? I’m rubbish at this,’ and everything you write seems inferior and pointless. No matter how many times you say to yourself – ‘that’s ok, everyone has an opinion and not everyone will like what you write. It’s nothing personal, etc, etc,’ it never truly sinks in.
Then you get a message and suddenly the sun is shining, life has purpose and the passion for writing is not only ignited once more, but is a raging inferno. This was the message I got yesterday:
“I’m reading your second book now. I dare say we have another JK Rowling in the making! I love everything about your writing style. I can’t wait to finish it so I can write a complete review!”
Maybe it’s an exaggeration, but for now I’m happy and there arn’t enough hours in the day to write.
Thank you Maria Foley.