I received the following message from someone on Facebook earlier this afternoon:
I’m writing because I just finished reading “Writers on Writing” and I wanted to thank you for your article, “Confronting Your Fears in Fiction.” I cannot express how much I enjoyed reading this and how beneficial I found it. It really opened my eyes to a different perspective on reading and writing alike. The cat example you gave really helped me grasp the ideals you were presenting as well as recognize places in my own stories where I’m holding back. Reading “Confronting Your Fears in Fiction” has helped me already in the outline I’m working on – making detailed notes for scenes. I’m excited to practice and improve keeping this technique in mind. Thank you so much for writing this and sharing it with the world. I hope you are having a marvelous day!
Until I got that message, I’d say I was having an average day. The day job wasn’t too draining today, but I had other concerns. My toilet tank started leaking the night before and I had to call a plumber. It was covered by my home warranty but I still had to shell out $75. So, yeah. “Average” is a good way to describe my day prior to that message.
But now? Knowing that there’s at least one person out there who got something positive from an essay I stressed over for weeks? Yeah, my day’s not so average any more. Now my day’s pretty damn marvelous, and that’s not something I can say about every day.
Thanks, friend. I needed that.
P.S. WRITERS ON WRITING: VOLUME ONE is available now on Kindle.