Music to an author’s ears….top three compliments that thrill.




The job of the professional writer takes place mostly in darkened rooms or at out-of-the-way coffee shop tables. We slave away, push the send button and through some miraculous process the manuscript turns into a book. It’s done mostly in isolation. Perhaps that’s why writers covet those hard-to-earn words of praise. Here are the top three comments guaranteed to thrill any writer any time.

#1) “I couldn’t put it down.” Oh joy! All that endless agonizing over pace, plot, character arcs and such! There is no sweeter sentiment than hearing you’ve managed to create something compelling. If an element in your book captured a reader in some small way, you have completed  a writer’s greatest mission.

#2) “When will the next book come out?” Ah ha! Not only has someone enjoyed your book, but they are eager to check out more of your work? Priceless!

#3) “I could really relate to the characters.” What a sweet sentiment. Creating characters who are different but believable, multi-faceted but not over the top, and meaningful without being maudlin is not an easy task, I can tell you. Think about how many people in the world pass by you every day with whom you have no personal connection. The writer has a scant smattering of words, the briefest of moments, to make you connect with somebody whom you’ll only meet across the pages.

We all have that particular compliment that is sweet to our ears. What compliment do you most enjoy hearing? Giving away a signed book and an Amazon card tomorrow! Would love to hear your thoughts! 

13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy on September 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I like when someone tells me they missed me…I take that as a compliment!



  2. Posted by susanmsj on September 2, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    My favorite compliment is just a “Thank you”. I have a tendency to be embarrassed by compliments and do not know how to take them well, but I am working on it.



  3. I volunteer at our church, in the office, I had a woman come in the office one busy day and told me that she always loves seeing me because I am always happy and helpful. This was two weeks ago and it still helps me get through each day. I also enjoy compliments from my children, husband and other family members. These people see me frequently, so to have a compliment from them means so much.



  4. I love hearing compliments about my kids accomplishments or about how they have behaved.



  5. I most enjoy hearing that I have lifted someone’s spirits in some way. For instance, when I learn that someone I know is ill or dealing with something, I usually send the person a card or call them to encourage them in whatever way I can. Often they tell me that it was just what they needed, and they thank me for being good at kindly remembering them. I feel so happy knowing that I could help someone feel better when they were down. I consider it a compliment.



  6. Posted by Jeannie on September 1, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    I do enjoy quiet sincere compliments – good job, thank you for calming me down before my surgery, everybody should have there own Jeannie [as a Preop nurse], thank you for teaching this class, etc. I’m not comfortable with big public accolades. But even if I don’t get a compliment or thank you, I still try to do my best because ultimately I’m serving Jesus.
    On a side note, when I read Jungle Fever, I was in the last chapters and I couldn’t put it down! I was reading a paper copy and I needed to turn out the lights, but I didn’t want to quit reading it, so I bought the Kindle copy so I could finish it!



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