Yesterday was a good day for THE RUBY BROOCH. This morning the story is ranked #17 in the top 100 Amazon time-travel romances. I wanted to stand up and give someone a high-five as if my darling had scored the winning goal. After years of seeing the story as an extension of me, it is now separate and apart. I’m in the stands cheering it on, doing what I need to do to help it achieve success, but Kit’s story is finding its way into the hearts of readers and they are sharing her message of hope and finding joy in spite of circumstances with their friends and families.
As writers we passionately want our stories to touch people in a memorable way. We hope the hours we spend writing and rewriting, telling and retelling will resonate with readers, but we never know. I read somewhere that if the writer feels the emotion, the reader will too. There have been writing sessions when I’ve been unable to see the screen through the tears. If that emotion translates to the page, then the reader should be blurry-eyed, too. I’m not sure why writers want to make readers cry. I guess it’s for the same reason we want them to bite their nails and turn on all the lights in the room. We want them to be emotionally invested, to be participants in the journey, and not just entertained by the words on the page. Pouring that emotion out day in and day out is exhausting, but isn’t that why we write—to get that writer’s high much like a runner. We want to feel that sense of accomplishment, knowing we’ve done something no one else could do. No one can run that mile for you and no one can tell your story.
I hope today you run your mile with all the joy you can muster. Savor the accomplishment, but remember, tomorrow you have to do it all over again. But you will be stronger and more assured of your abilities to do amazing things.
If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
- Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing Tweets from December 25 http://ow.ly/gmbfa
- How Not to Open a Short Story http://ow.ly/gmbhN via @ElizabethSCraig
- Your Amazon Author Rank: Boon or Bane? http://ow.ly/gmbqL via FictionNotes
- Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 3: Options for Goals in a Scene http://ow.ly/gmbyt via @KMWeiland
- Why No One Links to Your Best Posts (And What to Do About It) http://ow.ly/gmbDt via @copyblogger
- Milestone or millstone? How the first book gets written, part 2 http://ow.ly/gmbQo
- Why the focus on random books by women? http://ow.ly/gmm3K via @randombookwomen
- 4 Online Haunts Where Your Readers Live http://ow.ly/gmDnF
- 6 LinkedIn Best Practices http://t.co/tilAGkd8 RT @bookgal
- Social Media A-Z: A Glossary for 2013 http://ow.ly/gmVNF
- Infographic: Kindle Books by Category http://ow.ly/gmVYM
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Happy writing & running, Kathy