Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This Is Why We Write

Sometimes being an author is hard. After all, you're almost textbook crazy (you make up conversations and get really upset about people who don't exist), and you get paid very very little for the amount of time you put into your work. It's a love thing, I guess, and sometimes the love can hurt. Recently life has been a bit harder than normal in my little world, and I've spent time battling real life monsters and villains like depression, anxiety, distance from friends, and the loss of loved ones. It makes battling book monsters even harder, sometimes.

In all of this, though, I've tried to keep in mind that the books I've loved in my life, the ones that have really changed me as a person, were written by people who probably felt the same way at some point.

Today this review was posted for Dating an Alien Pop Star: http://talknerdywithus.com/2016/08/10/book-review-dating-an-alien-pop-star-by-kendra-saunders/ As I turned in the rewritten draft of Dating's sequel, Engaged to an Alien Pop Star, I read this review and almost cried.

This is why we write. This is why we give up our free time, why we are frequently a little lonely. This is why we stay up late. This is why we keep going, even when people hurt us desperately by saying ignorant, hurtful things about our passions. This is why we don't give up even when we're told to get a "real job." So thankful to read this today, truly. I hope this book and the rest in this series will continue to touch people in this way. There's no greater reward as a writer.
 
 
(The Decemberists: This is Why We Fight)

2 comments:

  1. This book has touched me in more than one way. Sure, Griffin is flamboyant and funny (and stylish 😉), but what got to me most is the deep-rooted love. The love between Dev and Griff. The love Griff has for his home planet. The love Kammie and Daisy have for music and each other. Even the love scary ruler of the universe daddy has for his good for nothing son who reminds him so much of his beloved wife.
    Really, this book may be sparkly on the outside, but it has a depth hidden within. And message we should all listen to and learn from: if you want something to change, you've got to take risk and, most of all, believe in yourself.

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  2. This book has touched me in more than one way. Sure, Griffin is flamboyant and funny (and stylish 😉), but what got to me most is the deep-rooted love. The love between Dev and Griff. The love Griff has for his home planet. The love Kammie and Daisy have for music and each other. Even the love scary ruler of the universe daddy has for his good for nothing son who reminds him so much of his beloved wife.
    Really, this book may be sparkly on the outside, but it has a depth hidden within. And message we should all listen to and learn from: if you want something to change, you've got to take risk and, most of all, believe in yourself.

    ReplyDelete

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