Being an author can have its challenges, but it can also reap great rewards. I’m not talking about that big cheque that finally makes it to our mail box, I’m talking about the people we meet along the way who become our encouragement and our life support.
Today I was featured on Chuck Douros’s blog as a guest author on Runwritedig.com and it was a total surprise to me, but more than that, it was a tremendous blessing of encouragement. I have written several books and literally thousands of articles in the last many years, and I’ve had my bouts of hardships and struggles that have challenged my very existence. I’ve tried hard to keep my eyes on my goals and push pass the obstacles that got in my way, and I never gave up. And when I read the favourable things that was written about me I was encouraged beyond words.
My passion is to not only write good books but to help other authors improve their skills so they can write good books, as well. It’s thrilling to know that there are so many other authors and writers out there who feel the same way and who share the same attitude. People like Chuck Douros, who not only writes interesting and exciting articles but who lives out what he writes as he runs marathons for worthy causes.
There are many kinds of authors who write within an amazing spectrum of attitudes, ideals and passions, and whose writing cover every style imaginable, and we don’t all agree on how to write or what to write. But as we become part of the author network on-line, be it LinkedIn, Facebook or individual media networks, we will soon find ourselves mingled together as we share similar interests and values. We become each other’s encouragement – each other’s life support.
When rejections come and struggles overwhelm us, we have a bond with these fellow authors and writers, and we have to know that they will be there when we think we’re alone, when we think that we’ll never make it as an author. There will always be at least one who is ready to give encouragement and support when we need it.
I feel privileged to be the feature author today on Chuck Douros blog because to receive this honor I know that I have earned his respect, and this to me is very special and more valuable than any royalties I could make from selling my books.
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