Praise for the Believers
Without Them, I'm Sunk
“Hang in there!”
“You really are making progress.”
Music to my ears . . . especially on tough days when doubts soar and confidence is a withered, spent rose.
Inching along with my book-in-progress, I nod in emphatic agreement with wisdom from bestselling author, Stephen King:
“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who
believes in you makes a lot of difference.”
Many of the believers backing me are those who’ve read or listened to early drafts of prose I’ve been piecing together for nearly three years. Were it not for an abundant posse of readers, I’d be sunk.
“Write with the door closed,
rewrite with the door open.”
~ Stephen King, On Writing
Feedback takes so many forms, depending on the reader, and my goal is to welcome all of it . . . even that which is hard to hear. Without my door open, as Stephen King puts it, I cannot grow as a writer or as an editor of my own work.
I try not to wear out my welcome with any one reader, preferring to rely on a village of smart, sensitive, skilled souls. I can think of no better way to find out:
· how my writing affects the reader
· what didn’t make sense
· what can be omitted
· what isn’t aligned with the goals for my project
Occasionally, a sizable group of readers evokes a “too many cooks” response. However, the upside usually outweighs the drawbacks of this abundance. Discernment might be needed to manage overwhelm but I still vote for keeping that door open. Rewrites will reveal the payoff.
My believers and readers are “joymongers” worthy of enthusiastic praise. I send heaps of gratitude to this global array (thanks to Zoom) of individuals who have helped me near completion of a first draft of a book-length manuscript:
Anne, Audrey, Barbara, Ben, Beth, Bill, Bob, Carol, Carol Ann, Carolyn, Charli, Cheryl, Cindy, Claudette, Corinne, Cynthia, Danielle, Darcy, Darlene, Dee Marie, Diane, Elias, Emily, Fi, Geri, Hannah, Helene, James, Jana, Jean, Jennifer, Jessica, Jill, Joan, Joanna, Jon, Josh, Judith, Karen, Kathy, Korie, Linda, Lynnette, Manon, Marion, Michael C, Michael S, Michael W, Mike, Mimi, Monika, Nancy, Nardi, Nurit, Patricia, Richard, Robin, Rotem, Roz, Soraya, Steve, Sue B, Sue M, Suzanne, Tom, Tricia, and please forgive me if I’ve omitted someone!
Whether you’re a writer or not, I trust there is a cadre of believers who have bolstered you in your endeavors. In this month of heightened attention to gratitude, have you considered acknowledging the difference that those believers have made in your life? Go for it! Gratitude expressed in any month is bound to deliver joy.
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Prompts For Joy
Click here for a brief but brilliant message from a believer.
(Thank you, Jon & Emily.)
Click here for proof that naughty words bring joy.
(Praises to Peggy Landsman for repeatedly finding the gems!)
Assembling a Life
My father’s art has always been a source of joy and comfort . . . even in down or depressing times. My memoir, Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist in My Father (and Myself), tells the story. Loaded with color photos (and some black and white) on just about every page, it’s a visual feast.
Click here for a short video about what motivated me to write this book.
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About the Photos
Top: The 30-Day Challenge. For the month of November, my goal is to work on the book-in-progress in some way or another every day, barring physical or emotional setbacks. So far, so good!
Next: Book cover, Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist in My Father (and Myself)
Next: Let Grateful Be Who You Are. Collage by Martha Clark Scala.
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