This past Wednesday, February 25th, was the one-year anniversary of the publication of my novel The First. While the memory is bittersweet considering the fact that I'm not writing this newsletter from my 8000-square-foot mansion, it's exciting to think about all of the things I've learned over the past year and a half while working on that book, as well as my current work-in-progress.
When I focus on the negative, I find my writing comes to a dead stop. I lose focus. I lose confidence. I lose the ability to push through it all. But when I focus on the positive, I find that I can't stop talking about whatever I'm currently working on, which pushes out everything else.
To this day, one of the greatest compliments I have received came via email from a fan who contacted me in the middle of the night, out of the blue, to let me know this:
Oh! My! God! It is 3:30 in the morning and I can't stop reading. I love this book.
Of course, I didn't see the email until the next morning, but imagine the smile that lit up my face at that moment. THAT is the reaction every writer dreams of inspiring in their readers. Will everyone feel that way when they read my book? Of course not. But I do love to hear from fans.
So, here's to the year behind us and all that is to come!