Just what inspired me? Bransford decided he was going to write thank you notes to five authors that inspired him to be a writer. In his words:
“None of us would be who we are today without the influence of the books we’ve read throughout our lives. And for those of us who are writers, books have shaped us so much we have chosen to write them ourselves and hopefully leave behind works that resonate with a new generation of readers.
“As a way of giving thanks, I’m going to hand-write thank you notes to five authors for the impact they’ve had on my life.”
Great idea. Now imagine receiving one of these thank you notes. I once thought that a published author wouldn’t blink an eye at what a random reader (like me) thought of his work. Guess again. We all, regardless of our accomplishments, want to be appreciated, feel significant, and enjoy the affirmation that comes when our work strikes an inspirational chord with our target audience. It’s not accolades we seek, but focused feedback that our writing influenced, enriched, informed, inspired or entertained our readers. That vital feedback motivates us, validates us and carries us like a current back to the keyboard.
Oh, the power of praise! Oh, the hope that a well-timed word of encouragement brings. It has been said that “words of encouragement, skillfully administered, is the oldest therapy known to man.” I write this blog to inspire other writers, like you, to press on when discouragement, or worse, disillusionment comes knocking.
I have included the link to Bransford’s blog below so you can see how brief, but pointed, his thank you notes are. Click the link to see his March 20, 2013 post. (www.NathanBransford.com) Give it a quick read and ponder his idea.
Then next week, take Bransford’s challenge and participate in his Thank A Writer project. It just may be the most inspirational thing you write all week. Best of all, think about how good it’ll feel to inspire a writer who inspired you.
The Writer’s Refuge blog is a place for writers, like you, to break away from your daily routine and for just a few minutes find insight, inspiration or simply a word of encouragement.
Blog entries are posted every other Thursday.
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- Nathan Bransford Launches #ThankAWriter (strugglingwriter.wordpress.com)
- Project! Thank a Writer (mightygirl.com)