Insecure Writer's Support Group: "Write it for Them"

I've been extraordinarily fortunate. I got a note from a reader not long after my first book was released. And that one brief note was enough to make every moment of my writing journey worth it. All the struggle, all the self-doubt, all of the fears, all of the hard work. Every bit of it was worth that one note.

I'd frame it if it wasn't so intensely personal. Instead, I keep it tucked behind my cell phone in its case. I take it out and read it on occasion, when I need reminding. I won't reveal its contents, but the writer said my book helped them to realize something very important about their own life and make a change.

I didn't set out to write a book that would help anyone. I thought of it as a simple love story. But then I thought of all the books in my life that have helped me. Not the non-fiction self-help types, but novels where I recognized something of myself in the characters, or saw a comparison to my own situation in a fictional world. And these moments were found often in the most innocuous places: a romance novel, a thriller purchased in an airport after I lost the book I'd been reading, a fantasy novel by an unknown indie writer...

I say I'm "fortunate" because most writers never get that note. People may be embarrassed to write it, or they think the author won't care. So, they keep it to themselves, but that book is always shelved in a very special corner of their heart. Looking back, I never wrote to any of the authors who touched me; maybe I should.
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That's why we have to keep going. Because of that one person who was changed by your work, but may be too shy to say it. Or that one person who will be touched by the book you haven't written yet.  The person who will find laughter, or tears, or a few precious moments of escape in your world. Your book is a code that will unlock someone's secret heart. All it takes is one line to resonate within them, one phrase, and every book has the potential, no matter the genre or its level of "literary" importance-- whatever that means.

Write your line. For that person out there who needs to read it. Write that line for you and know you've done something magical.

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  1. Oh Lissa, I can totally get this. If even one person says "wow-- what you wrote really resonated with me" for whatever reason, it totally rocks my heart. I love knowing something I wrote may have triggered a memory, a contemplation or yes, a change in someone's life. For me, being a conduit of words-- (not the source, I know better!) is such a high. That's great your reader let you know. :)

    Julie Luek
    A Thought Grows
    Co-host IWSG October

  2. This is a beautiful reminder Lissa for us to keep going.
    I know exactly what you mean about the note. I wrote my book with the hope of helping people but the first note I received caught me off guard. That book helped someone in such a round about way, a way I never even considered that I have trouble believing it was a coincidence.
    You made me smile because my list of things to do today includes a 'one sentence to describe your new book'..


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