Writers Helping Writers

26 Jun

003Happy Wednesday to you all.  No, this is not Wordless Wednesday on my blog.  What good would a dearth of words do on a writing site??? Makes no earthly sense to me.  Hey, I used dearth and earthly in the same paragraph.  Pretty cool!  LOL

I posted an article today about how much we need each other in this life.  You know, no man is an island, blah, blah, blah.  But it is true, or at least it is true in my reality.

I have said often that writers should not look at each other as competition but rather as brothers and sisters sharing a common goal, and as a support system because, quite frankly, it takes a writer to understand a writer.

Check out the quote below:

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I’ve always thought that people need to feel good about themselves and I see my role as offering support to them, to provide some light along the way.
Leo Buscaglia
Great words from one of my favorite authors.  If you have never read anything by Buscaglia then you are missing the boat.  What a simple man and yet a profound man.  He had life boiled down to the basics, and it all centered on love.

Anyway, his quote is how I feel about my role in writing communities. My job is not to tear down my peers.  My job is to build them up and provide support and encouragement.  Writing is a tough job on the best of days, and where else are we going to get constant support other than possibly our family members?

Support your fellow writers today.  Send a special message to one of them and boost their spirits.  It will do wonders for them and it will make you feel good as well.

TIP OF THE DAY

Join a writer’s forum for feedback about your writing, or start your own writing group.  Surely you must know some writers who live nearby.  Meet with them once a week, or once a month, and use each other as a sounding board and encouragement factory.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

How would you like it if someone formed a writer’s group that served as a forum/clubhouse/support group?  It could be a group of HubPages writers, and it would be devoted solely to supporting one another in a friendly setting where we could learn from each other.

SITE OF THE DAY

Writing Forums can be found here.  Lots of topics for you to peruse at your leisure.

PROMPT OF THE DAY

friends

Yes, you guessed it….friendship.  I’m on a mission today to convince all of you that we need to support each other.  So, what does this picture say to you?

MORE ON THURSDAY

Yep, I feel a lot better writing this daily.  Silly me for even trying to cut back on the volume.  When will I ever learn?

See you tomorrow. In the meantime, reach out to someone who just might need it.

Bill

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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16 Responses to “Writers Helping Writers”

  1. howmyspiritsings June 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    in 2010 I developed a friendship with an artist who changed the way that I always thought about creative people. She took me under her wing and introduced me to a number of her friends, then hired me (to work in the kitchen, not to write) when she and her husband started their own business. The way they treated me as an employee was amazing, and I worked hard to be the best employee they could possibly have. Not only that, but it showed me that as a creative person, I would do better to embrace and help others than I would to follow a more “business type model” in which money is what mattered most. As creative people, we are never in competition with anyone else, but cause each of us is unique and each of us has something to offer others.
    If your writing is helping no one else, it certainly is helping me broaden my writing horizons.

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

      Hello my friend and thank you! I don’t know why some writers think we are the competition…it’s a silly way to go about business. I love helping others and I have no fear of “losing” business because I help other writers. It is foreign to me, the thought of keeping all the information to myself so that nobody else can use it. 🙂

  2. Janine Huldie June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Oh I truly love how alike we are in saying we need to cut back, but then can’t help ourselves. And just happy when you do write and share all your wisdom with us. Keep up the wonderful work, Bill!! 🙂

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Thank you as always, Janine! You are a wonder and as supportive as anyone could hope to find.

  3. pictimilitude June 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    It’s always good to support other writers. Spreading the love is always wonderful. 🙂

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Yes it is, Cyndi. I wish I saw more of it. 🙂

  4. Kelly Umphenour June 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I agree and I’m trying to get better about adding back links and stuff. Thanks to you Bill for reminding me of it…I’m still not very good at working the website…but I learn something every single day!

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

      Kelly, that’s all any of us can hope to do.:) I have always appreciated you.

  5. Jim Higgins June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Bill, that support group idea sounds like a good one.

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you Jim! Good to have you along for the ride.

  6. ruchira June 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    Well said again, Bill.

    Supporting each other is the way to go!
    I wish I could find writer buddies around my area…till then getting critiqued on my writing by my online writing friends is the way to go 🙂

    Let me know if and when you are forming that hubpages writing group where besides the praise, some one can critique my writing…am open to it 🙂

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

      Ruchira, I think many writers would be open to it….it’s just a matter of finding the time to set it up. Thanks for the feedback and have a great day.

  7. katstrat June 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Bill,
    A writer’s group is a fantastic idea!
    I agree with you 100%. This is not a competition, and it works so much better when writers help each other out. And you are definitely helping writer’s out!
    I completely understood when you decided to write three times a week, but sometimes you have to try things out to know that your original way of doing things (writing every day) works perfectly fine. And I love having something to read from you every day, of course. Even if I don’t comment, I always read your blog. Thanks, Bill! Have a wonderful day.
    ~ Kathryn

    • Billybuc June 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Kathryn, I’m just full of ideas; unfortunately they all take time I don’t have. Sigh!

      Thank you for always reading my stuff. I truly do appreciate you very much and I consider you a friend. One day you can show Bev and I around Boston. 🙂

  8. Liz June 27, 2013 at 12:22 am #

    I would like to contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment, but I have a dearth of ideas. Unfortunately, I’m of no earthly good at this time of night.

    • Billybuc June 27, 2013 at 12:27 am #

      LOLOLOLOL….you crack me up, Lizzy!

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