I have been feeling overwhelmed and slammed from every direction lately. Some days I find myself sitting at my laptop, unmotivated, unproductive. I can’t access my imagination; I think about my WIP and I groan; I stare at my email inbox at the hundreds-hundreds-of blog posts that I can’t seem to keep up with. I start asking myself do I really want to be an author? Is all of this really worth the uphill battle?
And then I get notified by a friend I have never met. They want to give me an award.
Suddenly, everything rights itself and I am feeling much more energized, much more focused. I’m back in the game.
I know there is a faction of people out there who don’t really like the awards, and I can understand their reasons. For me, though I have two pretty important reasons for appreciating the awards.
One, by passing on the awards to other bloggers, I’m directing people to other blogs that I think are worthwhile and enjoyable.
Also, the awards serve as reassurance that what I write is meaningful to someone else. The conversations in which I engage and the relationships I build in Blogosphere are all part of the big picture of why I’m doing this at all.
I always write for myself first. But I want to share my work; I want to touch lives. When I don’t hear from literary agents for months at a time, I can get pretty down on myself. But then my blogging buddies remind me that someone out there is interested in what I have to say. I’m serious when I say that the award nods buoy me when the writing surf is impossible to ride.
So, thank you, everyone, for coming back to my blog every time I write something.
Now, onto the awards…
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award was given to me by Julie at Word Flows, who is pretty inspiring herself. The bloggers below inspire me in their own unique way:
b. Simon Read