Day 11 of the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May-Book Giveaway .
Today’s question: Roald Dahl arranged to have April’s piece published. What’s the nicest gesture someone else has made to support your writing? Or share a memorable response to your work that has stayed with you over the years.
My response: When I first started submitting writing for publication, I have to admit it was kind of discouraging. I would submit, wait and hope, and often hear nothing back, even when I queried once or twice. “Why bother?” I started thinking. But I persevered because I really wanted not just to see my writings in print, but more importantly, to make connections with others. It was about this time that I started my blog. While originally it was just a place to capture the poems that I was writing in April for NaPoWriMo, soon I started getting feedback in the form of comments, some from people I knew in real life, and some from complete strangers. For the first time, I stopped feeling like my writings were going off into a void. Instead I had become an active member of a worldwide community of writers. I still love seeing my writing in print—who doesn’t?—but I equally value the wonderful give and take from readers who suddenly don’t feel like complete strangers anymore.
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