It’s rare to get any kind of positive feedback in the writing world. Everything we write is designed to incite criticism, and even if someone likes what you’ve written, you don’t always hear praise. Nature of the beast, I guess. It’s the criticism that makes you a better writer.
But every once in a blue moon, when someone does have something nice to say, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to do a happy dance and savor the words. Criticism feeds the writer, but compliments feed the soul, and you can’t have one without the other.
I got this email today after I sent my back my signed contract, with thanks, for the acceptance I received from the Foundling Review:
You are welcome, Jennifer. We loved the piece! Brief and impactful.
Keep that talented quill flowing!
Yay! This is enough inspiration juice to get me through another round of queries for Creep.
Happy dance happy dance happy dance.