The Best Kind of Prize is a Surprise …

I think I have my Cranky Pants(TM) on as I write this post. It’s Frequently Asked Question time and, as is so often the case, this one comes from the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Here is the question, verbatim:

Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?

Now, like I said, maybe I’m just cranky. The subject/verb agreement issue in the first sentence isn’t the end of the world. But I can’t help thinking, If I didn’t expect it, isn’t it automatically a surprise? I mean, that’s the literal definition of the word.

I guess the one example that comes to mind was a reviewer who wrote that a certain scene in In The Eye of The Storm left her in tears. Honestly, I felt like I’d done my job: I moved someone. Isn’t that what art is supposed to do? I certainly think so.

2 thoughts on “The Best Kind of Prize is a Surprise …

  1. Join the cranky club. If I had to fix everyone’s emails and text messages and send it back to them, it’ll become a fulltime job…
    Awesome that you moved your reader — that’s absolutely the point of art.

    Ronel visiting for IWSG day Whirlwind Publishing

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