[personal|publishing] Sometimes they write letters

Yesterday I received one of those emails that a writer gets once or twice in a lifetime. A letter that made every hour of struggle and ounce of sacrifice and year of labor in building my writing career worthwhile.

The story’s not mine to tell, as it involves someone else’s child, but suffice to say that a book I wrote opened an important door for someone who was in great need of such a door.

This is one of the most basic reasons I ever wrote. I tend to assume most writers feel the same way. That we want to reach other people.

I reached someone. I am humbled and proud.

8 thoughts on “[personal|publishing] Sometimes they write letters

  1. Jeff P says:

    That’s wonderful. Even more wonderful was that person taking the time to write to you.

  2. Asakiyume says:

    That *is* wonderful–the most wonderful thing. That’s what we right for. So glad this happened.

  3. What a wonderful gift. I occasionally hear from readers in the same way, but they’re adults. To have en-lightened the life of a child is an amazing thing.

  4. Stacia says:

    That’s terrific news – and you *should* be proud.

  5. Terry says:

    I’m so glad they wrote to you. No one realizes how much that can mean to a writer.

  6. Alexis says:

    You reached me decades ago. You were my lifeline.

  7. Stevie says:

    I’m really, really glad to hear about this; it isn’t given to many people to have such a chance, and even fewer rise to the occasion.
    Clearly you did when you wrote that book…

    1. Jetse says:

      Yes: this is indeed one of the main reasons you write: to truly *reach out* to (connect and inspire?) someone else.

      Great to hear this, and hope it helps alleviate your own suffering.

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