Writing...I've always considered it a joy, just for me. Sure, I’ve used my mad skillzzz to develop concepts freelance, ghostwrite, edit and proof for others in exchange for money or flowers or acupuncture treatments. But, my personal writing, that’s always been mine. It’s never really mattered to anyone (except a few close friends) if I wrote everyday or once a year.
Dining at Galangal the other night, Rick shouted from across the room: “You haven’t written a blog in a month!”
My first thought? He noticed! I felt happy and relieved someone other than those close-friends-who-are-required-to-like-my-writing cared. Then, I realized something bigger.
Because I never really had a “following,” I wasn’t accountable to anyone but me. In some ways, I like it like that: no responsibility. I can write when I wanna. If life gets busy, I’m under no pressure. Smooth sailing, my friend.
I always figured that, sure, one day when I’m a New York Times bestselling author and have a bazillion friends on Facebook, then I will be more than happy to meet my deadlines, blog without fail, and post and tweet like a gal swatting fire ants off my feet.
But Rick’s “calling out” made me aware of something infinitely more important: You!
This writing process isn’t only about me, it’s about you.
Once I put the work ‘out there’ it’s no longer just mine, it’s ours.
You are what matters.
Not the NewYork Times Bestseller list.
Not the future book launch campaign.
Not even publishing submissions.
You are right here, with me, right now.
Wanting to read.
Wanting to stay connected.
Waiting to devour Elegant Out, as soon as it’s ready.
Thank you for listening.
Thank you for your patience...
Thank you for understanding that sometimes I get lost in my head, or wrapped up in to-dos, or am on the road with crappy cell reception, or confused about what step to take in the publishing arena, or stuck editing the synopsis, or simply don’t know what to say next.
Thank you for wanting to read my work.
Thank you for sharing my work with your friends.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your willingness to shout across the room:
“You haven’t written in a month!”
Again and again, I’m reminded. People are what matter. In writing. And, in life.
If you want a blog post, by golly, you get one.
What would you like me to write about next? Send me your questions or special requests.
All my love,
P.S. And, who’s to say we can’t take care of each other and hit the NY Times Bestseller list? :-)
P.S.S. In the meantime, I really wanna know what questions you have for me? What are you curious about? What would you like me to write about? What would you like to read from me? You can reply below, and yes, I read each and every one of your comments. Xoxo
***The photograph in this post was MADE WITH LOVE BY RYAN MCGUIRE