Sunday, March 1, 2015

Serendipity






I love the word “Serendipity.” The dictionary’s definition is: the accidental discovery of something pleasant, valuable or useful. But, to me, the word also has a mysterious, almost magical connotation. Something good happens out of the blue. We didn’t expect it, we couldn’t anticipate it but there it is: a gift.

There are many reasons I love being a writer and, a few weeks ago, I wrote three posts on the subject. But, I neglected to mention one of the most wonderful, unexpected parts of being a writer: meeting and getting to know so many other writers who support and encourage me. I consider this a perfect example of serendipity. 

Writing is hard work and, by its very nature, it’s a solitary profession. We writers sit at our computers for hours on end, searching for just the right words to tell the story we’re trying to tell. We want our readers to get to know and care about our characters and we want them to become engrossed in the plots we create. So, a good part of the time, we’re inside our own heads.

But, as John Donne so aptly wrote, “No man is an island.” We weren't meant to go it alone in this life; we all need each other. So, when another writer reads one of my books and writes a glowing review, it means the world to me. Because only another writer can fully understand what it took to get my book from one small idea all the way to publication. I have been blessed to know several such writers.

Recently, something happened that put a big smile on my face. BookTown, a site I’ve belonged to for some time, featured the book cover for Unfinished Business, my second Malone Mystery, and two of my blog posts on their Facebook home page. I was surprised and thrilled! Another example of serendipity!

Thank you BookTown and thanks to all my writer friends who continually enrich my life!

8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! It's a pleasure knowing you, and I often see you offer support to others. No wonder serendipity means so much to you. We work on a two-way street.

    Marja McGraw

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    1. Thanks, Marja!
      If I had listed the names of authors who have supported and encouraged me and become good friends, your name would be at the top of the list. It's a pleasure knowing you too and I highly value our friendship - even though we've never met in person. :)

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  2. As writers, we're dedicated to our craft, but occasionally such things can brighten our solitary days and make it all just a little easier.

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    1. Exactly! Thanks for stopping by, Roger.

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  3. Well said, Patricia. We do need one another and the friendship writers share is one of best rewards to keep us going on what sometimes is a difficult journey.

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    1. John,
      I'm constantly amazed and thrilled at the support and encouragement I receive from other authors and I try to "pay it forward" and "pay it back" whenever I can. We're all in this together and friends like you make it a wonderful journey.

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  4. I agree with Marja. And a "Well said" post... Continued success, Patricia.

    Madeline

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to drop by and to leave a comment, Madeline. You're definitely another one of those friends I wrote about!

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