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Why we do what we do

March 29, 2013

I read Brian Freeman’s books because of the sexy cover on a book called Stalked. I walked through the mystery section, saw the cover, and picked the book up. I liked it. I bought it. I bought more. I know; I’m a pig.

As books go, Brian Freeman’s are entertaining, but the aren’t The Bible or Thomas Paine. They don’t change lives. In fact, most of our work never changes lives. And it’s good to know that–to keep the ego in check. To understand what we are and what we aren’t. Right?

Ummm, maybe not. The following post was on Brian Freeman’s Facebook feed recently.


Brian Freeman writes mysteries, in the long tradition of Raymond Chandler, and suspense novels. Because someone liked one of his books, that someone’s kids’ lives will probably be different. And maybe their kids’ lives will be different, too.

How cool is that?

This person took the time to reach out to Brian Freeman. A lot of people don’t. But if you publish, even if it’s just a blog, and if people read what you write, you’re influencing those people.

Next time you sit down at your keyboard and writing is the last thing you want to do, that’s something to remember.

  1. March 29, 2013 6:16 am

    I really appreciate the words of encouragement. We may not influence a national movement as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird did, but its great to think we may influence even one life.

  2. Peggy Lambert permalink
    March 29, 2013 7:15 am

    Making a positive difference in someone else’s life should be the goal of everyone, no matter how we do it. Shouldn’t it? I mean, what else is there?

  3. March 29, 2013 4:27 pm

    I really like this post! Thanks. It goes hand in hand with “our” motto, “Writer’s Helping Writers”. You help to keep us inspired.

  4. March 29, 2013 6:30 pm

    This is also a great reminder to share this knid of story with the writers you enjoy. This is such a solitary profession…words like hat can keep a person going.

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