A writer’s lifeline part 2: The resurrection!

broken heartI’m alive! As you know from a earlier post I had a small house fire and I lost electricity to my bedroom and computer. It was horrible, I wouldn’t write, I couldn’t work on my novel, I couldn’t up-date my blog, I couldn’t write. I seriously started having writing with-drawls. I started staring off at nothing and spacing out for hours. I would just sit on my couch and rub my fingertips, cause I missed the feel of my computer keyboard. I even started losing my words. Just a few days ago I couldn’t think of the word for toast. I had to ask my brother for a slice of bread that’s been heated until it’s brown!

I’ve finally found a spot in the kitchen for my poor neglected computer, so now I can write again. And heave a big sigh of relief. My fingers are so happy, typing away. Words, it’s so wonderful to use words again.

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I would write a longer post, but I have email to read and Goodreads to comment and review on and so many other wonderful things to do on my lovely computer. Really, you don’t know how happy I am right now to be able to do all that stuff.

A writer’s lifeline

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I recently had a small electrical fire at my house and it kind of killed the electricity to my bedroom. So, no lights, no heat, and most importantly no computer.

I never realized how completely my  life as a writer revolves around my computer. I never writer things by hand anymore. Why bother with the hand cramps when typing is so much easier and faster. I used to carry around a little notebook to jot down story ideas, now I just have my phone send an email to myself, thinking that I can work on it at home. Now all those emails are piling up for no one to read.

Blogging used to be a quick, fun little thing I did when I had a free hour. Now I have to make appointments to barrow a friend’s computer. Working on my novel has come to a grinding halt. I just joined a reading group on Goodreads (to find readers on the down low) and now I can’t even participate! Seriously, I’m going a little crazy being without my beloved computer, and it’s only been a few days.

Writers have NANOWRIMO as a month long celebration of all writingdom, but I think we should also have a special day to worship the all mighty computer. Without it our kind shrivels up and dies!

Writers finding readers

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I’ve spent about a year trying to find someone that actually wanted to read my books. I carefully read book marketing manuals. I scouted out writer forums and websites. And, as you know, I’ve been loyally posting on my blog weekly.

According to all the books I’ve read on the subject, I should be doing great by now. I should have a small but loyal following. I should have at least a few reviews on Amazon and on the sites of other venders where my books are sold. I should have gotten at least one fan letter by now. It’s been over a year after all. img_0229

Yeah, that hasn’t really happened.

For the longest time I just couldn’t figure it out. Maybe I was just unlucky with writing? Maybe my writing wasn’t that good? I didn’t know.

Then a couple days ago, while I was enjoying a good whining party with my friend, my friend pointed out that I spent all my time chatting and connecting with other writers.

“Yeah, so. That’s what I’m supposed to do. I am  a writer.” I pointed out.

“But what time are you spending with readers? Those are the people you want attention from, aren’t they?” She asked me.

It seriously wasn’t until someone pointed it out, that I realized the problem. With all my posting and commenting and tweeting and “being involved” how did I manage to miss the most important part?

So this year I’m going to spend my time hunting down readers! I have no clue where I’m going to find them, but they have to be out there somewhere. It’s funny, I’ve spent so much time in my nice comfy and accepting writing community, I never even thought of looking for another one to share my books with.book-shelf-2

I think that might be a problem for other writers too. The on-line writing community is such a warm, welcoming one that some writers might never leave it. Unfortunately, neither does their books.

If you know of a great readers community, please feel free to share in the comment area!