Writing: A dash of humility


I happened upon author Wally Lamb’s Facebook page. Wow. He has lots of friends and humility. His cover photo shows his novel covers. Wow again. Simple. I’d been browsing through a friend’s face book page and saw she was friends with Wally Lamb. So I went to check his page out.

I didn’t try to find his website. He must have one. Most of us do. That face book page satisfied me. It seems Mr. Lamb is writing another book and is just as excited as everyone else-us, his fans. I decided not to try to friend him. What would be my motive? It’s just nice to know he seems like a regular person and I love his books.

There are other “famous” authors’ pages I’ve tried to check out. They aren’t easily found. I’ve gone to their websites and they aren’t blogging like the rest of us wannabes. One author, who I used to respect, has a line on her website home page that says I’m not blogging because I’m writing. Oof, that one hurt. Another well respected author I’ve loved had a place on her home page where one could contact her. I tried. She never answered. Why? Because she’s probably writing.

Is it a sin to be accessible to your readers? How does one go from being a hopeful author, to one who is grateful for their fans, to I’m too important to connect with my readers? This curious writer would love to know. Hopefully as I grow as an author I can avoid the pitfalls of being too big for my britches. Wally Lamb did it. Maybe so could I.


4 Replies to “Writing: A dash of humility”

  1. Some highly successful authors blog. Paulo Coelho, whose novels are extremely popular world-wide, devotes an hour or two a day to blogging. I think it depends on the author’s sense of his or her connection to readers. Coelho loves keeping in touch with readers. Blogging is just a different type of writing, and some authors have a knack for it. You for example!

    1. Lyn! Welcome back to my blog. The other great point you prove it that highly successful authors also read blogs! Thanks for the tip on Paulo Coelho, I’ll be on the lookout. Thanks for the visit!

  2. Great post, Theresa. I love Wally Lamb’s novels too, & it’s good to know he’s approachable. I’m glad you’re still blogging even as you write. Me too. It’s about balance, to me. Keep up the good work.
    Hugs, Shielagh

    1. It’s always great to have you visit, Shielagh. Blogging helps me to move some things around and out of my head. After that there’s more room for novel writing. Hugs to you too!

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