Advice, Editor, Writing

The spirit of giving to writers

Since this is the season for giving, I’d like to give my thoughts on something you can give to writers. A couple of days ago, someone sent me an email in which she wrote some lovely things about my writing. This person is a published author whose writing I admire, and her comments on specific elements of my writing that she liked gave me a much-needed lift.

I’ve heard there are writers who have abundant confidence in their work, but I don’t know any personally. At least at times, I think we all doubt our ability and need a boost. We need kind words about our writing. Think of them as vitamins for writers.

If you have a way to contact a writer whose work you’ve read, let them know you still think about a character, or a scene, or a line. Or tell them you’re looking forward to their next work. Give them a gift of a kind word for their writing. It might just be the boost they need to inspire some great writing.

14 thoughts on “The spirit of giving to writers”

  1. “you have a way to contact a writer….” That caught my eye because I have tried to communicate with several contemporary authors and they have a home page and such but no place to leave a comment.

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  2. Good thought for Christmas Linda. May I say how much I enjoyed Brevity of Roses. The characters were so very believable and one could identify with them. I’m looking forward to the next book. Happy Christmas!

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  3. Here is my gift to you, I loved Brevity of Roses and look forwrad to your next book. Anyone who can create a character like Jalal has incredible talent. Merry Christmas to you and yours Linda. Here’s to a productive writing year ahead.
    Your writing buddy, Darlene

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    1. I just found that out, Michelle, when I finally caught up on my blog reading. I felt like a copycat even though at the time I wrote mine I didn’t know he’d already blogged the idea … and much lovelier than I did.

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      1. Aww, I didn’t mean to imply you copied. 🙂 I think it’s just a lovely thought no matter how you put it. I so owe you an email. Now that I’ve finished my blog reading for the evening, I might get to it tonight, but maybe tomorrow. I feel my eyelids drooping. 🙂

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        1. Oh, I didn’t think you were implying that. 🙂 I just wish I’d seen his first and I would have linked to it because he said it so much nicer than I did. But I would still have shared my reason for the need to pass along the encouraging words. 🙂

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