Support Beams: The Family (Part two)
Support Beams: Book Bloggers and Readers (Part three)
No one will understand a writer like another writer can. I could meet another author for lunch, someone I have not met ever, and talk for hours and hours and never get bored. I also won't feel like they're bored, because they are openly listening, nodding with wide eyes, and then sharing the plot problem they had or the publishing mishap they had, or whatever. I will never get tired of talking about writing.
When I talk to other people who aren't writers (or readers) or they are just around me too much, I get the glaze over about five minutes in, and I hold back because it can get annoying to keep rambling on and on when they're dying to change the subject. I can be out with non-writer friends and see an event that reminds me of something I wrote, or a person that looks EXACTLY LIKE MY CHARACTER, GUYS! And they just shake their heads and think, that crazy girl doesn't stop!
Well, it's true. My head (I think all writer's heads) are in tune with the next idea, the current idea, the last idea, and we see things differently. Our minds are constantly to the character channel. It's hard to shut off, and we shouldn't, but it's also good to have an outlet to express things no one else understands to someone who does.
When a writer goes through the entire publishing process, whether it be self or traditional or both, other writers are a MAJOR support, because THEY GET IT. They have either been there or they will be soon, and they understand the constant checking of Goodreads and Amazon. They understand how one low-star review can demolish an overall average. They understand sales ranking and how important it is to share buy links, tweet and FB about the book. They know like no one else how word of mouth is the best way to help another author out.
I'm not a reviewer. I do review some books when asked, no problem, and I will rate books I am in love with. I will pimp out buy links on my author page and help out with cover reveals, blog tours, etc. because I know how important it is. The smallest things can reach people you never would have otherwise.
And I'm not the only one. Nearly every author that I've asked for help from has given that help. Freely, and without strings. I know how demanding their time is. Yet, they are there, willing to lift and support a fellow author because it is not a competition.
I'm getting really loquacious, sorry! My point is, no one will support you like another writer can. And if you are a writer who is too focused on your own work to give enough to other writers, that will probably bite you in the butt ;) Not that I know any writers who are like that. Just throwing that in there for a word of advice ;)
I rarely ask questions after my posts, but I'm going to this time... who is a writer you've found extremely supportive of you? Please give them a big huge shout out in the comments :)
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