On Writing: A Phone Call Writers Dream of

You can’t wait for it, will it, pay for it, or do it yourself, but every once in awhile, a blessing comes to writers. Something that re-energizes, that affirms beliefs, keeps the writing going. When it comes, embrace it, live in that moment as it is presented to you, and accept what it gives you; there is no guarantee it will be coming around again any time soon.

For me, it was a call from a long lost friend. There had been 25 years or more since the last time I had seen him, and when he was brought back into my life, it was a fantastic surprise. But not a story book ending. The guy works two jobs, but can’t hold on to them because corporate America keeps shipping those jobs overseas. He’s working 16-hour days working jobs at a pay rate lower than he deserves, and too low to buy the comfort he wants for his family. He deserves better, as do so many other good, hard-working Americans. At the very least, he should be able to find some happiness every once in awhile.

Last night he called to thank me for providing that for him. You see, my old, overworked friend had ordered my debut novel City of Woe from Amazon.com. He called to say he was on page 160 and needed to say thanks. This has never happened to me. This guy who works two-thirds of the day took the time to give my work a chance. That in itself is astounding. And once he got going, he went to his bookmarks and read me lines he loved, passages he appreciated, jokes and music references he completely understood, and, in the process, completely convinced me I had done something right with my life.

So, what am I doing here, bragging? I hope you don’t see it that way. I believe I am sharing a truth too often hidden to creative people; we almost never know whom we have an impact on, whom we thrill, or help escape, or give some form of relaxation to, or where, or when it happens. So I offer this wonderful experience to all of you. Share it with me because odds are, there is someone, somewhere, somewhen experiencing similar appreciation for your work.

Drink it in with me, feel it fuel you, and write on.

Christopher Ryan is author of City of Woe, available on Kindle and Nook, and in print. For more info, click here.

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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5 Responses to On Writing: A Phone Call Writers Dream of

  1. Reblogged this on Self Publishing Advocate and commented:
    Wow! Receiving that phone call is really heart warming. If I were is your shoes I would feel the same way you do… Satisfied and Fulfilled.. I’m happy for you my friend! ^_^

  2. rolark says:

    Just found your site and gotta say it’s great how you’re focusing on writing even while wearing so many other hats 🙂 I’m inspired, and I hope to get a similar phone call in the future…

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