How are you doing? Is everyone surviving this week’s dose of crazy?
Ok, a small confession: initially this post was going to be a totally different piece, steeped in irony and dark humour.
But then I thought it over.
We don’t need more negativity in the world. We don’t need another cutting text filled with thinly veiled criticism and complaints.
We need light. We need friends. We need hope.
So instead of writing about all the things that writers don’t need, I’ll write about what we all do need.
How to save a writer:
- Read their work and let them know you did
Nothing makes me happier than discovering that during the night someone read one of my stories.
Well…almost nothing. If you want to see me smiling like a crazy person, talk to me about what I wrote.
It doesn’t matter if you liked it or not – although you liking it is an added bonus -, but just the act of discussing it (respectfully) will probably make my day.
- Encourage them to write
Some of us aren’t equipped with a lot of self-esteem.
For some writers, writing is a concession they give themselves. Or worse, a guilty dream.
We aren’t all born with the belief that we can write; some of us are even discouraged from ever trying.
If you know anyone that wants – but cannot bring themselves – to write, encourage them.
Cheer them on!
Hold their hand!
Help them believe in their dream!
It makes all the difference. It made all the difference to me.
- Talk to them about their ideas
Sometimes we have all the answers: the plot clicks, the characters know what they are doing and the magic flows.
Sometimes, nothing works, no matter how much we scribble, cry and rant.
This is when we need someone to bounce ideas off. Just the act of listening and paying attention can help us get past our roadblock.
Not to mention that sometimes our best ideas come from those around us.
So brainstorm! And writers: share your ideas (I know it’s hard; we all tend to be quite private, but trust me: it’s worth it).
- Ask them when they plan on releasing their next story/book/poem
Nothing gets me writing like the knowledge that someone is waiting to read my next piece.
It inspires me, fills me with energy and purpose. Stories come faster and words fall into place easily.
An important distinction: do not badger someone to write their next piece. There is a difference between expectation and harassment: the first will inspire us, the second will grind us to a halt.
- Make new art based on their writing
Although most of us are very attached to our intellectual property, I still haven’t met a writer who won’t grin like an idiot when they see a portrait/painting/fan story/doll based on their work.
If you hop over to the About the “Adventures of the Cursed Eight” page, you will see the portraits of my D&D party’s characters. Although I only marginally contributed to their initial creation, there is something magical about seeing their faces staring back at me.
Just remember, if you want to create something based on a writer’s work, at the very least let them know.
Well, I hope you enjoyed these tips!
As usual, if you have anything you’d like to share, please write a comment below!
Have a lovely rest of the week!