The commenting challenge for Two Writing Teachers this weekend has the most incredible prize! I spent some time yesterday really looking into the Highlights Foundation and their writing camps, and wow...just WOW! Unfortunately, I know I won't be able to attend any of them, due to commitments already made. Because of that, I'm not keeping track of my comments and entering, but I'm still trying to comment on as many blogs as I can this weekend.
Why? Because we as writers need it. It feels good to know your words are reaching someone. It is encouraging and it helps push us forward. Do I write for myself? Absolutely. But I also absolutely write for my readers---otherwise, I could just write in one of my paper journals, couldn't I?
In every writer I know personally, there exists some anxiety, some doubt, and some desire for validation. It's normal for my 6-year-old who excitedly shows me her new story and waits for my reaction. It's normal for my seniors who want feedback on their new idea before it heads to workshop. It's normal for the published author who desires to hear from fans.
We write to communicate, so it matters to us that our words are reaching someone.
I mentioned it last year during the SOLSC, and I mention it again now, mostly because I need the reminder. It is so easy for me to read something wonderful or something that moves me, or something I find hysterical yet never let the writer know.
This challenge reminds me just how lovely those comments are for writers. It feels validating and supporting to receive them. I know when I get them it spurs me onward, and when I don't--much as I hate to admit it--I really have to give myself a pep talk sometimes!
Two Writing Teachers has given us this amazing community of writers, and I'm forever thankful. Now, I'm off to go read some amazing slices and leave some feedback. I encourage you to do the same.
This month I will participate in the Slice of Life Challenge!
My goal is to Write. Share. Give. each & every day of March.
Check out Two Writing Teachers for more info!