A Note to My Readers

A little while ago, I wrote a blog about the scariest part of writing. The answer? Readers. Crazy as it sounds, it can be intimidating to share a piece of yourself with someone else!

But today, I want to talk about one of the very best aspects of writing. What is that? Readers. I know, I know. I pull rhetorical shenanigans like this all the time. But it’s true! If it weren’t for readers, a huge purpose behind my writing would disappear.

Currently, I am daily reminded of how amazing it is to write for readers. I’ve been given the opportunity to talk with people who are reading my third novel right now. I get to hear their reactions, their questions, their excitement. And their own words bless me.

And they’re not the only ones. It is a joy when someone tells me that my words made their day better. I tear up when I learn that my words brought a parent closer to his or her kids. And when someone shows me how my work has inspired their own work? I’m inspired to write more!

So to you, my dear reader, whether you tend to read my fiction, my poetry, my blog posts, or all of the above, I cherish the time that you give to me and to my words. I pray that my work is worthwhile for you to enjoy. Here are a few things I hope you know.

  • You’re priceless. Again, a huge reason why I write is so that my words can reach someone else. Thank you for being that someone else.
  • You’re a part of this. Please, don’t ever assume that readers are just passive bystanders. The characters of a novel live in your mind just as much as they live in mine. When you’re singing my words, those words live on and—God willing—bless others. Never underestimate your role in this.
  • I want to hear from you. I like to think of this process as a conversation. Sure, you might take a book and discuss it with others. That’s fantastic! But if you’re willing, I’d love to hear what you think too. What made you laugh? cry? think? What parts bored you? I’ll work on that.
  • I pray that I’m serving you well. I take you so very seriously when I’m writing for you. I mull over my words for days sometimes, wondering what you want to read, what you need to read, and what choices I should make. When I miss the mark, let me know! When I should keep it up, I’d love to hear that too.

Dear reader, I thank God for you. Thank you for being a part of this with me.