Wednesday, January 18, 2012
My Fiction Day - Like Minds are Golden
It's like my critique groups. They can rip up a chapter then go to dinner and bend over backwards to help me reword a tricky paragraph or a plot with flaws. It's not only soothing, it's empowering. One of my online crit members tonight said she couldn't get the smile off her face when I sent her the cover draft of my novel, Lowcountry Bribe. She's seen all the edits and reworks of this story - for seven years. She said it's like watching a child enter kindergarten, and she's so proud of me.
Being reminded that people support your hard work, and stand ready to help you enjoy the rewards, is a mental high. It's also empowering to keep going . . . harder . . . seeking more success. It's why we struggle to find great friends, good social groups, and mentors - to enjoy sharing like thoughts, like pleasures, like goals. After all, we are social creatures.
Yes, we are reclusive as writers. I adore being locked away for days at a time, writing. But sometimes we need human companionship and the attention of like minds. Sharing what means the world to us with someone who understands is a gift we all need to say grace over each and every day. They want to be happy for me as I want to be happy for them. We swap each others books, or stand ready to lift a hand in some manner to make a reward that much sweeter. We send each other a card or pop a bottle of bubbly. We pick up the tab at the burger place or attend an event just to be that one extra body in the room.
Remember that when you have a chance to support another writer. Next time, she'll be there for you. Besides, celebrating en mass is so much more fun than celebrating alone.
NOTE: Sometime in the next 3-4 weeks (fingers crossed), Lowcountry Bribe will be available. I'm still stunned.