You don’t survive in a shark-infested industry like publishing without grabbing onto to life preservers. They’re the people who keep you afloat and your head above those choppy waters. They’ll toss you a ring, jump in with you, extend a hand to pull you out of the current just when you’re ready to go down for the last time.
They’re the people who’ve been where you are, the ones who have your back, who want to see you succeed. God bless them! You don’t really appreciate just how many of these guardian angels there are until you need them. And the amazing thing . . . they don’t always wait for you to scream for help. They’re just there for you, offering exactly what you need, appearing at the strangest times to pay it forward for reasons you might not understand. Because you did what you thought was an insignificant favor: offered a kind word when desperately needed, introduced them to their next editor, read their first draft and gave honest suggestions, included them in a PR event, gave a speech or wrote an article that provided just the kick or comfort they needed at the time. You may never know, but they remember. And they’re there for you.
You’ve heard the saying “Never burn a bridge.” Here’s another one: “What goes around, comes around.” Karma can be an unforgivable beeeotch, but it can also be an unexpected blessing. So be kind, be generous, be helpful and be prepared to be rewarded beyond your wildest imaginings.
Here’s to those life-preservers who’ve listened to me moan and whine, who’ve shared their coattails, who’ve dropped everything to do a quick BETA read, who’ve offered quotes and skills and advice and inspiration, and a good swift kick just when I needed it. You’re the reason my head is still above water, even when I’m paddling like mad under the surface.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.
Follow along with my fellow writers!