The above word if you are not familiar with it, is a greeting
to let people know they are welcome and I live in hope that someone is reading
this because believe me that would be most welcome. I say it in Italian because
it is warming and I want readers to feel wanted and because if you have not
guessed I have an Italian background that I love.
A blog is nothing without a reader, just some words by
someone on their own somewhere. I would
love comments and input because I want to be someone that people read. At the moment I am working on a contemporary romance
because romance is about feeling good (once we get past all the angst) and I
want my readers to feel good. This blog
is a practise session I guess to see if my style suits my readers because I
have so many more ideas.
In my last blog I was pretty much open about the fact that in
a time of crisis reading saved my life.
It might sound dramatic but nevertheless it is true and I want to do the
same for someone, even just one someone.
Hoping for readers however is more painful than I had first
thought. First we wait, then we have
them and we wait for their decision about our writing. It is an on-going heavy duty emotional
process but one I want to start.
Alison discovered an interesting article the other day that I
thought I would share on the odd occasion.
This is one of those times. This
was number 10 on the list from an article found at http://thoughtcatalog.com/.../21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-writers written by Cody Delistraty. I have
tried to link here both to the site and the author and really hope it has
worked. My battle with technology
continues but I will be coming back to this article quite often and if the link
is a problem I will endeavor to fix it.
Anyhow, the title to this article is “21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors”, and I am hoping to add a few more tips
or ideas from this as the blog progresses but currently this one suited my
frame of mind as it highlights my fears.
Neil Gaiman writes: “Remember when people tell you
something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When
they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are
almost always wrong.”
It’s not so much that they are wrong but rather that
admitting they may be right means that you have failed as a writer. You have failed your reader. Does this mean you stop? Can you? I can only
answer for myself. I can’t stop because I have faith that I will take on board
what my readers will say and look at my work and then try my best to improve
it. Reading saved my life and I will do
whatever it takes to pay that debt back.
I want to because through my reading I found my voice, not the one I
dreamed of in what seems forever but the real one that sits with me at this
computer. What if someone else can find their dream just by spending some time out?
So come on people out there make a comment. Tell me I am long-winded, tell me you prefer
another topic, tell me whatever you want and I will listen because I want to
please my readers. I want to write; well
I have to really as it is beyond my control. Just remember anything you say may
prevent a tragedy when I release my book out there in the real world. In saying that I have already started the
second one so you had better hurry.
Alison and Kay would also like to hear from you and we have plans to
release bits and pieces to entice you (can’t deny this) but also because we
love our potential readers already and we want to give them our very best.