Let me start off by saying that earlier today book 2, Georgia Moonrise, was inadvertently marked as completed. Thank you to those who caught that. It appears to have been corrected. I'm not sure what happened, but it was most likely something I did wrong. Thankfully we have a great site admin who can catch those things!
You'll also note that voting and comments are now turned on for book 2. Thank you to those who have already voted! It's been a very good day so far. I got some new Patreons and that continues to go a very long way in helping me support my writing. Thank you to those who support me, whether it's financially or just with positive comments. It all helps.
Now for the actual reason why I wanted to write this blog post. I'm a bit emotional today for very good reasons. As writers, no matter what anyone says, we don't write just for ourselves. We write so that others can enjoy what we do. Yes there is certainly a part of us that writes to satiate our ego. We very much enjoy reading the positive comments that we get. It makes us, as writers, feel good, but there is something more to it. At least, there is for me. We write so that readers can make a genuine connection with our characters and stories. We write for that emotional connection.
Last night I received a message from a reader and ... to say it touched me is an understatement. I won't go into detail about the letter because it was very personal to them and their business is not mine to tell. Suffice to say though, the reader connected very deeply with my character - Alex Jackson. After reading the story they passed it on to their spouse who also connected with it. The spouse, for reasons I won't get into, hadn't really laughed in, from what the message said, over a year. Alex and his friends were able to bring a genuine belly laugh to them.
That, my friends, is why I write. I write for the emotion. I write so that readers feel something. I write so that I can pull on the heartstrings and bring out emotions in readers that they may have forgotten. And sometimes, when I read comments and feedback, there are those comments and responses that pull on mine. Last night was one of those. If no one had ever responded to my stories other than that one person. That laugh was worth the year that I've spent putting together Alex's story.
Thank you all again and I look forward to seeing what you all think of things to come!