a reply to: PrairieShepherd
Shep, you have a talent for writing. For telling a story. This goes beyond little details like fixing typos and line-editing technicalities: I am
speaking of the essence of story-telling.
Little technical glitches can be fixed, but first, there must be the story, and you have a way to tell it that works
. Don't ever take notice of
anyone who tells you that you need to change your style. That's like trying to "improve" a castle by digging up its foundations and re-laying them.
Your style is your foundations, your characters are your walls, your story is your turrets and towers.
! You can write books -- and you'll get readers
. How many? Who knows? When J K Rowling began, she never dreamed of millions
of readers. She was hoping that she'd have at least a few. All writers who are even faintly realists know the way these things work, and that is all
they hope for. I'm the same, and I feel blessed to know that some people like my work.
This is what writing is about: reaching into people's hearts and minds and making contact with them. Making them want to turn the page, making them
wonder what comes next in your story when they have to put it aside for a while. What we write can add a little something into people's lives, and
I've seen what that can do. I've seen it even here, on ATS and most recently, especially in the Shed threads.
In the past, story tellers were treasured as very special and valued members of their community. Today, with Hollywood and its mirrors world-wide, it
seems to be more about the actors or the directors. But without the story tellers, they have nothing.
Keep writing, Shep. You, and all the others here who write
: keep writing
! Keep telling your tales. You never know who you are reaching.
But I assure you all this: you are doing something good, something special.