Recently, I had the great pleasure of reading a book by a new author, well new to me, that I had not read before. I made my customary remarks on Goodreads.com and was pleased to find in my inbox a response from someone who I am friends with on that sight that it was one of her favorite books where she directed me to read a free read that was located on the author’s website which continued the story.
I immediately did so and was glad to find the story.
All of this got me thinking about how much everything having to do with writing has changed in this day and age of social networking and how much I have been guilty, I think, of making some mistakes.
Daphne du Maurier who is one of my favorite authors for her book entitled ‘Rebecca’ once said: “Writers should be read - but neither seen nor heard.”
This is unreasonable in this day and age. Readers expect to hear from you and they expect to be able to reach you too. I’m not complaining. Let me clear. I LOVE hearing from my readers and to start a day with an e-mail from someone who has enjoyed my books literally makes my day.
So please keep e-mailing me.
But I realized that maybe I’m sharing too much about my writing process with all of you. You really don’t want to hear about my doubt in writing. Yes, the subject of last week’s blog or what I did today on Facebook.
Do you really want to hear that? Do you really want to hear that I suffered through writing chapter eight? I don’t want to hear that from authors I read and I find that the authors I read and really respect are not doing what I’ve been doing.
So here is my pledge. From now on you will not hear me whining about any writing issues. They’ll be my issues. I’ll keep them to myself.
I’m only going to write about things that I would want to read about and I’ve had about as much reading about writing complaints that I can take. Especially from me.