Sunday, February 21, 2010

Inspiration

Yesterday I finished reading a friend's full. It's a gorgeous novel, beautiful and poignant.

You know those moments when you stop to look at what you're doing, and you like what you see?


It's huge, really, to be a critique partner or a beta. And those moments, like the one I had yesterday when I finished reading a manuscript that feels like a book and deserves to be a book...they're so special. Reading an excellent pre-book is like getting to know the star of a big movie before it's released, before the trailer is even in theaters. But you're in on it, and you know what's going on.


It inspires me to know my friend, someone like me, created that manuscript. I'm touched she trusted me with it and asked for my thoughts. I'm excited to be a writer. I'm happy this is what I do.

18 comments:

Stephanie Thornton said...

This is a wonderful post! I feel the same way about a friend's book I read last month. I can't wait for her to get published- I know it's going to happen!

Carla Gade said...

What a privelege. The writing life is joy!

Carla
http://writingtodistraction.blogspot.com

Paul Greci said...

Yes,it's very rewarding and special to have another person trust you with what they've created. Even if you've never met the person, it's a very personal thing to be that close. Writing is intimate and public at the same time.

Michelle said...

I look forward to the experience. I have a friend who is going to give me her book soon...

Lydia Sharp said...

Completely agree with your sentiment. I love being part of a critique group, and reading these great stories before anyone else. Beautiful post, Dawn. :)

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

That is too cool and I bet it means a ton to your friend to know you felt that way.
~ Wendy

Karen said...

Oh, happy post! I have a theory that good writing rubs off.

Deb@RGRamblings said...

You expressed that perfectly Dawn. It's a wonderful feeling!

Dawn Simon said...

Stephanie, you totally get it!

Hi, Carla! You're right--it's a privilege and a joy! Thanks for visiting!

Paul, you nailed it: writing is intimate and public at the same time.

Michelle, how very cool!

Thanks, Lydia!

You're sweet, Wendy! She definitely knows I love the book--I just gave her all my feedback. :)

Karen, I think good writing rubs off, too. :)

Thanks, Deb! It is a wonderful feeling!

Jemi Fraser said...

What a great post!! I love being trusted enough to read another's work. And I've been lucky enough to only read really good stuff. My crit buddies will rock the world someday!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh what a wonderful feeling. I just love that you shared it with us, that you expressed how you felt publically. Its truly a gift to have this kind of experience. I've felt it myself with my CPs. And what a joy it is.

Jessica said...

Wow, this is so true! What a beautiful post. I know exactly what you mean. :-) Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
I adore frapuccinos too. :-)

Lisa and Laura said...

I couldn't agree more. When I beta a book like the one you just read, I find myself recommending it to friends--like, "Wait, I have this great book you need to buy..." and then it occurs to me that it hasn't been published yet! That's when you know they're good.

Deb@RGRamblings said...

There's something for you over at my place!

Dawn Simon said...

Jemi, I love it! :)

Carolina, it is a gift. I just knew you guys would understand.

Cheers, Jessica! *clink of Frappuccinos*

Lisa and Laura, I kept wanting to discuss it!

Deb, you are so sweet! Thank you!

Amy Tate said...

How exciting! I think that's one of the treasures of being in a critique group. I just love reading works and watching them progress into the literary art they are meant to be.

Niki said...

Hi Dawn there's something for you at my blog :o))

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Amy! :)

Thank you, Niki! <3