A fellow writer recently pointed out that listing all the mistakes and things that you have to keep in mind while writing can actually become frustrating and intimidating, especially for new writers.
And she’s right.
You might start to wonder why the heck would any sane person choose that kind of “hobby” (if you can call it that) voluntarily?
My answer: Because writing is not just hard work. It’s a passion, and it can be a lot of fun and very, very rewarding. Nothing is quite as satisfying as finishing a scene, a chapter, or even a novel and knowing it’s good. Or re-reading one of your stories years later and finding that you still like the characters. Or solving a plot problem that seemed insurmountable. And don’t get me started on how it feels to actually hold your published novel in your hands. I think I had a permanent grin on my face for about a week :-)
And then there are the readers. Over the last few years, I had a lot of overwhelming reactions and wonderful e-mails that I keep for re-reading when I have a really bad day.
Today, I got one of those special e-mails. A reader from Russia contacted me. She read Second Nature and then discovered my author’s bio. One sentence caught her attention:
I also enjoy learning new languages. Russian is my latest project. I haven’t found any online stories using the Cyrillic alphabet to help me learn, though.
The reader from Russia promptly sent me links to Russian lesfic stories. How great is that? Not that my Russian language skills are anywhere near a level where I could actually read those stories. But still, it’s great to be part of a world-wide community and to have readers from all over the world contact me.
So thanks to all readers, wherever you are! You are part of what makes writing so special and so rewarding.