Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Writerly Moments

I define a writerly moment as something that happens to me because I'm a writer. My writerly moments used to be few and far between and were precious and very special.  They still are precious and special, but for some reason (happily) they are occurring with a bit more frequency. Which is great!!!  Writerly moments are little validations that remind and reassure me that Yes, I AM a writer. Because like most writers, I sometimes get insecure and lose confidence in my abilities.

So here's this Wednesday's Writerly Moment:

Last May, I went to my Aunt Louise's 80th birthday bash. My cousins threw a big party and we had a reunion of sorts--cousins and cousins-in-law, aunts and uncles and new little cousins running all around.

A little backstory: Sadly, I don't see my extended family very often anymore, but Aunt Louise just happened to be in town visiting her daughter earlier in the year and came to one of my book signings and bought both of my books. She and my cousin were going on a cruise with another set of my cousins and their mother. At the book signing, they bought copies of my books for another one of my other cousins.  WooHoo!!!

At the birthday bash, it was great to see everyone. When I greeted Aunt Louise to wish her a happy birthday, she told me she had read my first book one day and really enjoyed it.  In fact, she enjoyed it so much, she immediately began the other book and STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING IT!!!  She loved both of them!!! Words to gladden an author's heart, right?

As I greeted my other cousins and aunts, they all told me how much they had enjoyed my books, too.  Angele told me I had to write a sequel about one of the hero's brothers in CHASING THE MOONLIGHT. Donna said I had handled the love scenes quite well. My Aunt Jean said I wrote just like Kathleen Woodiwiss and my love scenes were beautiful.

Kathleen Woodiwiss??? What a compliment!!!

I have to say that was one of the best writerly moments of my entire life. I felt like a celebrity!!! And I truly felt like a successful author who had touched a few readers' hearts.

Have you had a writerly moment you'd like to share?

Happy Writing!!!

AM   :)


Marianne Evans said...

How awesome! I love those moments of validation - we writers are such an insecure lot, aren't we? It's always good to know those ideas born in our hearts and minds, that finally reach the page, touch people's lives. Congrats!! Blessings ~ Marianne

Debra St. John said...

What a fabulous writerly moment.

I love that term? I might "borrow" it!

AnneMarie Novark said...

Hi Marianne,

I don't know why we're so insecure. I've only met a handful of secure, confident writers both published and unpubbed.

I guess it's because we put our hearts and souls on the line.

AnneMarie Novark said...


Feel free to "borrow" it, Debra. I think it's an apt term, don't you?

Cindy Wicklund said...

I had to think about that one because so many things qualify. But I think my best "writerly moments" are when someone says they enjoyed reading something I wrote. Gives me a smile that lasts long beyond 24 hours.

Skhye said...

Woohoo, AM! I'm too tired to remember anything now. But this is a great topic for a writer's blog!!!

AnneMarie Novark said...

I know what you mean, Cindy. It makes all the blood, sweat and tears of writing all worthwhile, when someone enjoys reading our stories.

AnneMarie Novark said...

Hey Skhye!!!

Glad you could stop by. Now, go rest!!!

Lynne Roberts said...

Hi Anne Marie,

Congratulations on your writerly moment and what an awesome post!

AnneMarie Novark said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lynne!!!