Writing can at times be a rather dreary business. We scale mountain tops of brilliance and sink into valleys of muse-less weariness. Messages from readers are often the one thing that puts a little energy into our exhausted batteries.
Here are a few of the best things I’ve ever heard from a reader—some are paraphrased:
- “You made me laugh.” “You made my cry.” Evoking emotion in a reader is always an amazing feeling for an author.
- “I adored ‘insert character name’ so much!” My characters are my babies so anytime they become a reader’s favourite makes my day.
- “I can’t wait to read your next book.” Self-explanatory really, nothing more encouraging than hearing someone wants to see more from you.
- “I’ve been in a similar situation to your character and the story made me feel less alone.” With After the Scrum in particular, I’ve heard this from readers who struggled with similar issues of anxiety, panic attacks, or acceptance from their family. As an autistic, I’ve had moments when it seemed as if I were the only person in the world going through it so I understand the importance of not feeling alone.
I hope readers understand how powerful their support can be for writers.
And thank you.