“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine-o’-clock every morning.”
Peter de Vries
“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.”
A Delicious Surprise!
This weekend presented me with a delicious surprise…I’ve officially gained my first 500 followers here at The Artistic Christian! When I started this venture back in January I prayed that there would at least be a handful of people who found the site interesting, and how encouraging it is now to reach this milestone!
This discovery made for an uplifting weekend, and you know what? I’m starting to feel like a real writer.
Along with doing a happy dance and waking my kids up by cheering (both of which were totally necessary, mind you)… seeing this WordPress Trophy also caused me to reflect back on my writing journey.
The “Kinkos Guy”
After finishing my first novel, I remember feeling extremely nervous about submitting it to a writing contest. I took the manuscript to a local Kinkos store to have it spiral bound, and the employee’s eyes widened as he saw what I was handing him.
“Is this you?” he asked, pointing to my name on the cover.
“Yeah,” I said, turning a little red. “But it’s no big deal. I’m not a real writer, or anything. I’m just entering this contest…”
But the man cut me off. “Hey, let me tell you something,” he said. “You just wrote a book, and it looks pretty good, too. I would read it, and a lot of other people probably will too. You are a real writer, and don’t you forget it!”
His words truly warmed me, and when I picked up the manuscript I realized that he had added a clear, glossy cover free of charge. The manuscript had turned out looking… well… like a real book!
I don’t remember the name of the “Kinkos Guy,” but I’ll never forget his words.
Celebrating 500 Writing Companions!
And now, you all have encouraged me just as much! Thank you all for supporting me by hitting that “Follow” button, and for encouraging me each step of the way through your friendly and insightful comments! I started out looking for a way to share my thoughts, and ended up finding an entire community of good friends. You have no idea how much I appreciate you all!
Have a blessed Monday!