Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Right to Write

Today, I feel like a writer.

Yep, I said it. I feel like an actual writer. I know we all talk about how we are real writers even if we aren’t with a publishing house or anything like that and I am completely behind that. But today, today I feel it.

Most days, if I am being honest, I don’t think about whether or not I am a writer. It has yet to become a question that haunts me. I just plug away at what I am doing because I love it, no titles necessary. If someone tells me I am not a writer because I haven’t published my book yet or because I plan on being indie so be it. That is their opinion and it doesn’t change anything about what I am doing or why I am doing it. I have stories to tell and will tell them one way or another.

The difference in today is a little thing I like to call validation. When something happens that makes you feel validated as an author it is an incredible feeling. While I was sleeping last night I received two emails. The first one was from a critique partner of mine who just finished reading one of my books. This isn’t someone I know or have ever even met just an unbiased pair of eyes looking at a chunk of my soul on paper. And she liked it! Her exact words were “Wow! Incredible! I was interested and intrigued the whole time! Excellent, excellent story!”

My second source of validation was from my editor. I got back my first ten pages from her, the professional, and she said “You completely pulled me into your story, and as some hard stuff has come up in my family, it was really nice to lose myself in Ella's world even if it was for just a little while.” It takes an awful lot to make me smile at 7am , but these fabulous ladies managed.

It all feels very real today.

What makes you feel validated in your life?


Pamela Mason said...

Wonderful! How great!
I got validation myself from a published writer's critique of my synopsis & first chapter. She liked my premise and said I'd obviously spent alot of time in world building. *vbg*
I have formatting and pov problems, but that can be worked on and fixed. My story is totally different from anything I've seen, so I was pretty nervous sharing.

C.G. Powell said...

Well I always called you a writer...

Elizabeth Sharp said...

You do, you and the rest of the HPers.

And you are a wonderful writer with a true gift. Don't ever doubt it.

Unknown said...

I love to hear when fellow writers feel that validation. It's a wonderful feeling. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

That's awesome Liz! Congrats.

V.K. Tremain said...

We never doubted you for a second! Can't wait to read it....and we're very excited for you!

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