What makes it all worth while

As people, we have our ups and downs. Creative people even more so. And authors? it’s a whirlwind. Just a few days ago, during a down time, I got a horrid review from someone. It was like a knife through my heart and I honestly considered for a short period of time of just no longer publishing anything. Of just writing for myself.

Thankfully, some encouragement from some friends helped me out of that funk.

But today, I got the exact opposite. I was messaged by a fan of mine. Her words reminded me that what I write is worth it. While I was published before I started writing fanfiction, it was through fanfiction that I really gained the strength to put my work out there. This note I received from a ff fan.

“I was just going through all my “favorite” stories, deciding if I will keep them or delete them. Some I’ve had for three years and no updates for…three years!! lol So, those were tossed. I got to your story, “Forever Isn’t Quite What I Expected J&B”, and the other one with Carlisle and Marcus. I just have to say, those two stories are still two of my greatest reads. After all this time, I still go to them and reread them at least every six months. I don’t think I will ever get tired of them. Thanks for writing them, and sharing your awesome talent with us all. I know its been a while since you wrote them, but they mean a lot to me, and I just wanted to let you know.

You have a lovely spring, and I hope all is well in your life.”

Could sweeter words have been written?

To all of my fans. Thank you so much for your support of my writing and for loving my characters and stories. I appreciate all your support.

It truly makes everything worth it.

If you love an author, let them know. Your words might be just the upper they needed in that moment.

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