I have to admit, sometimes I get down. I wonder if I'll ever see my book on a bookstore shelf, attend a booksigning as an author or see my book for sale on Amazon. Yes, I know there are still problems and disappointments after publication, but even knowing that, it's still what I want and what I'm working toward.
To keep me going in my darkest days, when my dreams seem more and more out of reach, I sometimes review nice things people have said about my writing. That old fragile ego just has to have some strokes and believe it or not, chocolate doesn't always work. The "I couldn't put your entry down," and "you've got a gift" for this or that, is extremely nice and I would pay money for people to tell me this all day long. But when I think back on the nicest, most rewarding and uplifting thing anyone has ever said to me about my writing, I have to choose a comment by a young college student I used to work with in Indiana. She was in her third year of college and fairly new to reading romance. One day, she asked if she could read one of my manuscripts. Me, being the shy, introverted, modest person that I am, said, "Absolutely! I'll go home and get it for you right now."
I was on pins and needles the entire weekend, just knowing she was laughing up a storm. Yes, I'm also insecure. When I saw her on Monday, she told me she was mad at me because she stayed up all night reading my book instead of studying. Well, that was a nice thing to say, but I also know that when I was in college, I would sometimes rather read a cereal box than study, so I didn't take that too much to heart. But weeks later, just in a casual conversation, she told me during Thanksgiving dinner with her family, they sat around and talked about the most memorable characters in books they'd read that year. Ones that had a major impact on them. She chose my heroine in my book as the most memorable character she'd read that year. The poor girl was somewhat startled when tears sprang to my eyes and I threw my arms around her. I don't think she anticipated what that statement meant to me.
I know that we learn more from constructive criticism than we do from compliments, but sometimes, it's so nice to know that you've touched someone or entertained them. Just remembering those comments often keeps me going.
What about you? Will you share the nicest, most uplifting comment someone said about your writing. Come on, it doesn't hurt to brag a little.