Paula’s thoughts about two simple words that can mean so much.
Have you ever received a ‘thank you’ that will stay in your
mind for ever?
This is nothing to do with writing – except maybe it is, so
In the 90s, I was the Girl Guide Commissioner for our
‘county’, which covered an area of about 10 square miles to the west of
Manchester and included (at that time) about 500 leaders and 5,000 girls. I was
still working full time, but most evenings were taken up with meetings and
visits, and even the evenings I spent at home involved preparation for
meetings, dealing with individual leaders’ queries and problems, and the
inevitable paperwork that accompanied the job.
I couldn’t even begin to estimate the hours I devoted to
this voluntary work, but I enjoyed it – well, most of it! I received a lot of
thanks both during and after my term of office, but my abiding memory occurred
after a water sports day for Guides.
It had all gone well – the girls had enjoyed sailing, kayaking,
canoeing, dragon-boat racing, etc. At the end of the day, as 150+ girls
were getting ready to leave, a small Guide (aged about 10
or 11 ) stomped up to me, put her hands on her waist, almost belligerently, and
said, “Are you the lady that organised all this?”
“Yes,” I said, wondering what was coming next.
“Well,” she replied, “I just want to say it’s been
brilliant, so thank you very much,” and then she turned and stomped away again.
Out of all the thanks I received, that’s the one that sticks
in my mind. One small girl came to me to say thank you.
How do I relate this to writing? It might be a comment by a
friend – ‘Loved your novel, couldn’t put it down’ - or a review from an unknown
person – “I gave five stars to this
book because it really was a great romance, with an incredible story line and a
book that I will be reading over and over.”
Readers should never
underestimate the sheer joy they can give to a writer by simply saying (and
meaning), ‘Thank you, I really enjoyed your book’ (or maybe even better, by posting a good review on Amazon!).