As writers, we have a job to do. An amazing, wonderful dream job that we love. We have to get the words down and we have to get the edits done and we have to meet our deadlines.
But sometimes, we forget that we are human. We get sick. Our kids get sick. We lose loved ones. We have to clean the house because it is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders or shower because we can't remember when the last time was and we are starting to attract flies.
Sometimes the story fights us. Sometimes our characters are stupid and we want to hit them. We realize that we've been eating nothing but saltines and pickles all day because we forgot to go grocery shopping. And honestly, we really don't want to change out of our yoga pants and deal with people.
Sometimes we fight with our husbands or boyfriends or girlfriends and we're not feeling very romantic. No, we don't want to write a love scene...we want to write a fight scene. We want to fictionally punch someone and break their nose.
Sometimes we worry about money and bills and healthcare and other things that cause our heart rate to speed up. Our hands become clammy and we're sick to our stomach and we're suddenly dizzy and we're sure it's a heart attack...
By the way, it's probably not...most likely it's an anxiety attack, so just go lay down in a dark, quiet room and breathe. Try not to think...
What the hell am I talking about, right? Because you're a writer...you never stop thinking. Thinking about characters and plot lines and sales numbers and edits and marketing and reviews.
We are always thinking. It's hard to shut our brains off, even with other wonderful books, shows, and movies to distract us. It can be overwhelming and sometimes, we wonder why we put ourselves through the stress...
And then you get a PM on Facebook or an email from a reader. Just one, but she tells you that she loved your book. That it made her laugh and cry and she can't wait for the next book.
Your heart grows three sizes and a smile spreads across your face.
Then you find yourself singing, "I'm walking on sunshine," while you do the dishes.
And even when your kids are screaming and fighting or your significant other is being a pain in the buttowski, you can't be brought down.
Because a reader took the time out of their day to make yours.
And that's why we are writers. For the readers who love what we do.
Avid writer of small towns, true love, and laugh out loud moments. Romance novel entusiast. Addictions include Coffee, Twitter, and TV Shows.