Saturday, 21 January 2012
Emails In The Front Row
Been blown away by some of the emails I've received recently. Really makes me realise how lucky I am to have such wonderful readers; that's all I've ever wanted here -- to connect with people, to share a view of art in the world.
I am a big fan of your blog. I am someone who has known that I am a writer since I was nine years old, but has spent the last 30+ years denying that's what I am, trying to fit in as everything but. Somehow I expect you to understand that, although not many people do. At any rate, after a prolonged dark night of the soul, I have chosen to be who I am, and write, because it's the only thing I know I'm good at, the only thing I truly feel good doing.
None of this was inspired by you. However, once I decided to stop my life dead in its tracks and change directions, the first thing I did is start a blog: www.thunderstrokes.com. Shortly after starting my blog, I found yours. Since the moment I first read it, your blog has inspired me both as a blogger and as someone who's trying to figure out how to live a creative life, after so many years spent ignoring my gifts. Your advice has been second only the best advice I have ever received, and that was from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who once recommended that writers "give the best part of their day to their writing." For me that meant getting up early, before the day had a chance to beat me down again, and I lost confidence in my abilities.
I feel compelled to let you know how much your writing means to me. You are a fantastic writer, and a gifted voice. I don't know who you are really, and I don't know that it really matters. You speak with clarity and truth about writing in a way which encourages and challenges me to become a better, and more honest, writer. I'm sure that's true for many, many people beyond myself. You deserve to know that.
Whether you check out anything I've written or not, I just wanted to make sure you knew how important what you're doing is to someone like me.
And to tell you once again, thanks for being there.
I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say how much I've enjoyed catching up tonight on the blog posts you published this week. I feel bad that you haven't got as many comments on them as I feel you should have but perhaps there are other people out there typing emails to you rather than putting comments directly under the posts; I hope so.
For me it has been one of those weeks where the universe seems hell bent against me and yet I'm still persevering and certainly today has been pretty rewarding creatively.
I guess I just wanted to let you know that I read your posts whenever I get a minute to myself and that I do get a lot out of them. Thanks for putting them out there.
All the best,
In the process of creating
More often than not
We seek validation
That we are worth
What comes out of what we create
You taught me
The one person that needs to validate my work
And only when that happens
Can we reach out and touch people's hearts
In places so deep
You write for yourself
That's why others read it
Keep doing it
Because it reminds others to keep on keepin'