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The Need for Cheering Fans in Every Author’s Life

cheering-1031743__180Authors need a cheering section. Anyone striving for a goal needs one to keep surging forward. Know an author? Then get into their cheering section.

Let me tell you how my fans have helped me. I’m in the middle of writing a very large and intricate story. I shared a chapter at a time with a couple of my fans. Their comments helped to push me on to the next chapter. I wanted to give them more because they were enjoying it. I’ll finish the story and do my best because of them.

When an author feels alone in their writing, they become stagnant. They might take ten times longer to get something written than if they had a cheering section. That hurts. We don’t want that. We want them to be productive and happy.

So, become a cheering fan!

How? It’s really easy. Ask them on a regular basis how the writing is coming. Don’t ask them this every single day unless you are really close to them and can follow their moods. Why? Because if they are stressed, pressuring them about the writing might make it only worse and actually stop the writing flow. Not the intent of being a fan!

Get to know the characters. Ask how Joe Doe is coming along with his adventure or Jane’s romantic exploits. While the author might not give out extreme details as they are writing, they might share a few things and also get inspired.

Authors need to feel that people want to know what they are writing about. They want to know that there is excitement for their work. It is what drives them to keep writing. Even through the interactions of their fans, ideas for the story will emerge. They get inspired and write even more.

Ask them the status. Tell them how excited you are. Talk to others about it. Get the hype going. It benefits everyone in the long run.

 

When Your Family Isn’t Behind Your Writing

monkeys-1187571__180Being a writer is not a bed of roses. You don’t have all day to write. You don’t have immediate success. You don’t have everyone you know supporting you. That includes the family that loves that you. Sadly, too many authors find that the ones who support them the least are their family members. They either might ignore your writing or they try to tear you apart. Yes, too often your family is your most toxic stumbling block.

One author has her family asking her when she’s going to find a more productive hobby other than her writing. She has several books published and brings in a couple of hundred dollars a month on book sales. Her own, grown children refuse to talk to her about her writing. They think it is a fad that will die out though it has been going on for several years. Her best supporters can be found online and most have never even been met.

Another writer has her closest family members telling her she is foolish to continue writing. While she has a full time job that is not writing, she is making headway in a successful writing career. But her family is not with her as she hasn’t won the New York Bestseller slot yet.

My family is a mix. Some family members read my writing, but they refuse to tell others about it. Some read it and want more but never say anything more until a new book comes out. And then there are those who turn their nose up at my work. They’ve quickly let me know that my writing doesn’t interest them. Funny how one of them think she has supported me more than anyone. Not! My own children have never read my work and my husband has only read one chapter. Now, they do support me in giving me time to write and letting me bounce ideas off them. But it is the ones who want nothing to do with my writing that hurts the most. Oh, well.

So, what do you do if you find yourself in any of these situations? You find a support team outside of your family and move on.

Most of best supporters can be found online and halfway around the world. They are people in the same position as me who cheer me on. I cheer them on. Our support really helps each other and produces more work. They have become my family. Remember that family doesn’t have to be blood related. They are those who come around you during the good times and the bad times and are always there for you.

Who is your family who supports you?

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