I’ve now reached a 90 followers and am so excited to have all my new readers. I have to admit that I love seeing comment notifications come up in my e-mail box. It really does make my day. There is so much support and kind words from all of you. Thanks for your support!
Speaking of support, I think that’s one of the most important things that keep me going as a writer. The support of my friends and family. It doesn’t need to be positive words about my writing (because a lot of them haven’t read my writing), but it’s the acknowledgement that I am writing and working towards a goal.
My family has always encouraged my love of writing and reading since I was a wee little thing. They’ve put up with me carrying books everywhere (always to baseball and basketball games), they’ve listened to my endless story telling and they never once doubted that I would be able to write and do what I love.
My main squeeze has been a part of this crazy process firsthand and he has helped keep me sane. He’s gone on candy/tea runs when I’m up late at night revising, he’s been near me as I read e-mails from many agents and then my agent and he tells me over and over again that I need to keep writing. He’s kept me going through all of this and I’m grateful.
My friends have sent me tons and tons of good thoughts and love since I started the querying process for agents. I have all the cards displayed that I received from them when I landed an agent to remind me of how much I have people rooting for, and they have continued to check in and keep me motivated to write.
I also have teachers from my past who have supported me. As a homage to them, I’ve given a lot of my characters the last names of teachers who have helped get me to this point (from elementary school to college). I can’t imagine how wonderful it would be to someday give them a published copy of my book and thank them for working with me and inspiring me to want to become better.
Here are comments from Mrs. Sheridan, my Creative Writing teacher in high school.
I could name a ton of other people who support me (my beta readers, the blogging community of writers, my fellow MFA students, my students, my Kenyon Review Writers…). I hope one day I get the chance to acknowledge everyone publically in my book.
What about you? Who supports your writing? Give a shout out to someone special!