Do you know what I’m describing? That’s right. The feeling a writer gets when he knows he’s written something that has significance. A piece of work that has toyed with a readers emotions in some way. A simple blog post that elicits a deluge of comments, a short story that causes their best friend to laugh uncontrollably, a poem that opens the tear ducts, or a novel that when finished compels a deep and lingering sigh. A writer who has experienced something like this, on any level, never forgets what it feels like and is always searching for ways to re-create it. Does anybody know of which I speak?
I use that feeling like a shot of adrenaline sometimes, when the world is conspiring to bring me down. I remember the praise of my awesome critique partners. I think about my followers, those talented fellow writers who have linked themselves to me, and I to them. I fall asleep at night with a smile on my face, recalling a recently written scene in my current WIP, imagining how my wife will react when she reads it for the first time.
For me, this blog is the origin. Everything I have accomplished so far stems from here, and from you. My first baby-steps into fiction writing started here. I have met, become friends with, and collaborated with, some truly amazing writers…and individuals, all from here. My journey is just beginning, but I am confident that my foundation is a solid one.
I reached the 200 follower milestone last Friday. Honestly, it kind of snuck up on me. Not that I wasn’t paying attention to the newly arrived, because nothing could be further from the truth, I just didn’t notice the number. Originally, I planned to throw another celebration to mark the event, but I have since thought differently. I wrote when I celebrated the Mighty 100 that I wanted to focus more on generating content that would increase the number of comments left by the “like-minded”, and if I did that the followers would take care of itself. If you build it…they will come. I’m going to continue on with that philosophy, but don’t worry, I have something really special planned to give-away when I hit 300. I mean REALLY SPECIAL!
In the meantime, I’ll continue to try throw a little entertainment your way. And if I hit a chord, please let me know. It doesn’t matter if you’re the first commenter, or the 50th, they all contribute to that feeling we writers thrive off.
They say the home is where the heart is. In my case, this blog is my home and I carry it around in my heart.