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Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday's Muse~A Reason To Write

Last week I was reminded of one of the main reasons I write. Between thinking about grammar, sentence structure, flow, voice, plot, and character building, we writers can lose sight of one of the most important elements of our story; the readers. A friend called me up one night last week to tell me he had come home to find his daughter with her Nook in one hand and a broom in the other, attempting to read as she swept the floor. He laughed at her and told her that must be a really good book to make her read while trying to work. She said it was and that she was so close to the end she couldn’t stop reading it. It was my book.

I may have laughed for joy then got teary-eyed when he told me this story. I’ll never tell. Later that night he called back and told me she was dying to read the next one. I told him how to find it and I could hear her cheering in the background. She said she hadn’t read anything that good since Harry Potter and Twilight. In all my life, I never expected to stack up against either of those authors in anyone’s mind. But for at least one girl, I did. That means the world to me. Thank you for inspiring me, Maddie.

What inspired you last week?

Also, you can catch me today over at the Indelibles blog chatting about An Underlying Purpose to an author's platform. 

30 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful reminder of writing. We write so that others may enjoy our stories. We are storytellers, just putting our tales down on paper or on the screen so the story may fly far and wide to readers all over.

    I'm so glad you had this wonderful experience.

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    1. Exactly! Beautifully said, Angela. And thank you. :)

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  2. What a great thing! That's so awesome!! :D

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  3. That is seriously inspiring. Thanks for sharing, and congrats. It's all worthwhile when moments like that happen.

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    1. Thanks Shell, it really was. This will keep me going for a long time. :)

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  4. Beyond awesome. If you can reach even one reader in this way, then it is all worth it. Congrats Heather! :D

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    1. Thank you SO much Tina! I feel the same way. :)

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  5. How great is that??!!! And you make such an important point, Heather. We want to make our readers SO excited to read our books. It's about them as much as anything or anyone. Nice work!

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    1. It really is about them in so many ways. :)

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  6. Awww, it was your book? That's so awesome! I'm so proud of you!! :D
    and I just saw that your next book is coming! WOOOOOT! So excited for you!!!

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  7. That's an amazing story!

    Congratulations. :)

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  8. How wonderful Heather!! That is honestly the best compliment any author can receive!!! you go girl!

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  9. It is wonderful to have those sorts of stories told to you about your own book! And I think the comparason is not any exaggeration! (^;

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    1. You are the best hon! Thank you so much for saying so. :)

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  10. Wonderful. It can't get better than that for a writer. Thanks for reminding us what great writing can do. Congratulations.

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    1. So very true, it can't! You're welcome, and thank you Dora!

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  11. That was super sweet. Thanks for sharing! And congrats!
    erica

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    1. It was, I'm so touched by it. And you're very welcome!

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  12. That is so sweet! I feel inspired by that story!

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  13. This is why we all write isn't it? To reach readers like Maddie.

    Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring. :)

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    1. It definitely is! She made my year, for sure. And it was my pleasure sharing it, you're very welcome. :)

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  14. Heather, this is the most amazing story. I'm crying too! Thank you so much for sharing it. Now this is totally inspiring.

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  15. Doesn't that make it all just worth it?! How wonderful!!

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