Over the past few days I’ve come down with SHINY NEW IDEA SYNDROME. That’s when in the middle of writing one book, a brand new idea invades your brain.
Ever happen to you? It’s inspiring but it’s also annoying.
Best and most inspiring thing that happened today? I received an email from a writer I worked with through a one-day workshop in 2017. Writers had the opportunity to have 10 pages critiqued prior to the workshop, and then to meet with the editor that day. Here’s the email I received out of the blue (names removed):
Dear Amy Sue,
You critiqued 10 pages of my novel at the Philadelphia Writers Workshop 2017.
I am happy to tell you how much your critique taught me.
It opened my eyes to the flaws in my structure. Your comments were simple, direct, and taught me how to set up my introductory pages.
I won’t bore you with details of your help.
Enough to say: I haven’t been the same since I read them.
Thank you. You probably don’t need to hear you’re an excellent editor, but if my praise and thanks make you happy, that’s enough for me.
You didn’t stunt in your work on my 10 pages. I felt respected, helped, and encouraged by your response to my work.
So, Amy Sue, enjoy your days, and be proud of your integrity.
I love working with writers — but rarely is there feedback at all, let alone something like this. So yes, it inspires me to keep doing that job. And that definitely trickles over to my fiction writing.
What inspired your writing today?