Writers Supporting Writers
Let’s take a peek at the cogs inside the machine and talk about why I write and how I write on Behind the Scenes Sunday! Today I’d like to talk about one of the most important responsibilities I believe each of us have as writers: to support other writers, no matter what stage of their journey they may be in.
Writing is a lonely calling. It is a solitary act at its core, with nothing to come between you and the blank page but your own thoughts, feelings, and the words you choose to express them through. But no one can go it alone. We all need support and friendship, especially in a field that can be as disheartening and isolating as writing can be.
So how can you be sure you’re doing your part to support other writers?
- Celebrate each other’s successes!
Success is not finite. Let me repeat that: SUCCESS IS NOT FINITE. Just because one writer got a book deal, or a story published, or booked an appearance on a podcast, doesn’t mean there isn’t room for something good to happen to you. There are plenty of opportunities out there for all of us, and we all know how hard it is to win in this arena. So don’t be stingy with those pats on the back. Let your fellow writers know you’re proud of them for making it, for sticking with it when times got tough, for going the distance. Hopefully they will do the same for you when it’s your turn.
- Teach, Don’t Preach
You’ve worked hard to gain the skills you’ve had. That instinct to share your knowledge with others is a good one – don’t smother it! Sharing your expertise with the community is a great way to support your fellow writers. But make sure you’re picking the time and place carefully, or else you’ll be preaching, not teaching. No one likes to get lectured too, even if they do like to learn.
- Read other writers’ work.
This may seem like an obvious one, but when you see someone out there hawking their books, why not consider picking it up and giving it a go if it’s in a genre you like? There is no better way to support a fellow writer than by giving their work a chance to touch your heart!
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