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?