This post is coming to you from Marja the Reader, not Marja the Writer.
Every once in a while I feel the need to say thank you, and this is one of those moments. There are so many writers who have given me so much pleasure, and you all need to be thanked and acknowledged.
There are times when we all (readers) need an escape, and your writing offers that opportunity. There are times when we need a good laugh, and many of you provide that, too. Of course, there are moments when we just want to read about people we can relate to, and authors never let us down. Drama can take us away. I’ve heard many people say they can relate to a character in a book or the situation a character is going through and it’s given them a different perspective to things in their own lives.
I know people who’ve been through some tough times, and books have been their salvation. People who are going through health issues have used books to sooth their minds and fears, if not their pain.
I’m applying this to all genres, even those I don’t read, because if you’re not entertaining me, at least you’re entertaining someone.
I know from experience how difficult writing can be. You have to come up with an idea, and then you have to follow through with your idea to come up with an entire story. We stumble over moments in a story that can take different paths with different outcomes. Sometimes just trying to think of a particular word or phrase can stump us. The end result is someone who reads a book and sets it down with a sigh of contentment.
I once heard that if you sing a happy song to yourself in the morning, and find other ones to sing throughout the day, you’ll discover a joy you hadn’t expected. The same can be said of reading a book. (By the way, if your singing voice is anything like mine, you might want to think about humming. There are times, in church, when I simply mouth the words because I don’t want to clear the place out.)
Short post today, but I’m offering a huge Thank You to each and every one of you.
Keep those stories coming because you offer so much to so many.
Until next week, read a good book, sing (or hum) a happy song and enjoy your week.
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