We've all been there. A newbie. Going to our first writer's group. Telling our family members we want to write. Calling ourselves writers to the IRS. Joining a critique group. Sending out our first query. Getting an agent response...published for the first time.
You might be somewhere on that timeline. Or you might already have a book published and are working on the next one. But at one time we've all been at the start of our writing careers.
How often do you give back to the writer coming up through the ranks like you did?
We get busy in our career. We can barely send out emails let alone write those tweets and blog posts. Answer a phone call that comes on a Monday? Forget it.
But as I sit here and remember what I've been through as a writer, I also remember how so many other writers helped me along the way. I also remember being afraid to ask but when I did, how I was overwhelmed at the kindness sent my way.
Maybe now it's your turn to give back.
Here are three ways to encourage others on this rocky road to publication.
1. Offer to do a short critique for a new writer. Point them in a direction they can submit their work. (Several published authors gave me critiques and helped me tremendously.)
2. Start a writer's group. You don't have to lead it--just be willing to share what you've learned. (My writer's group in Florida gave me so much information to push me forward.)
3. Encourage them through social media. (I love it when a published author takes the time to say something on my blog or Facebook.)
These three points are not the only way you can encourage a new writer. What's vital is to pass and share information and maybe lend a hand to someone who needs it. Who knows? You might be helping the next great Stephen King.