Thursday, September 22, 2011

Inspiration

So, just in case you didn't know, writing is hard. It's lonely. It takes years and so, so many drafts. And it's hard. My friends often look at me and can't understand why I sit at the computer for hours and days at a time. Heck, I don't really understand it myself. But! Sometimes friends provide awesome inspiration.

I recently participated in a novel exchange with three amazing writers. It was fun to wait and anticipate their reactions to my book, but it was even better to read their books.

As I read every story I found myself energized--wanting to write more on my current draft. I wanted to become better, to craft words and worlds like the ones I was reading. Their stories elevated me in a way reading a book off a bookstore shelf couldn't.

Why?

Because these women are just like me, ordinary people trying to break into the universe of published authors. And I know them. And they rock. Which makes me believe that maybe, just maybe, I can rock, too.

So, thanks for the inspiration and the hope you gave me by writing great books, and for investing in mine. You all truly do rock. :)

4 comments:

Jonene Ficklin said...

I know there's a lot in wisdom in being told to read voraciously if you like to write. I love seeing the world through someone else's eyes! A novel exchange is awesome - especially when you have met the writers. I agree, it's so inspiring, especially when you can appreciate all the time, effort, and skills involved. You're a wonderful writer! Keep on churning out those pages!

Rebecca J. Carlson said...

Hi Leisha! What a nice post. I think I'd die if I didn't have writer friends. Thanks for saving my life!

Julie Daines said...

Great post. And I loved reading the first 20 pages of your novel. I think you have great talent.

LeishaMaw said...

Jonene, thanks! And reading is so important to writing--and it's fun! You are the best. :)

Rebecca, right back at you. I think I'll think of writer friends as CPR pros from now on. :)

Julie, I loved reading yours, too. Isn't it fun to share this endeavor with friends?

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