Sorry, I’m behind on my blog post today. I’m going through some personal issues right now that are impeding my writing abilities. It sucks, but I’m going to try and push through it so I can get this chapter done.
Today I want to talk about supporting my fellow writers. I always try to read other writers blogs and their stories. If you tell me about your story, and I see you have it posted online – for free or I have to pay for it – I’ll read it. I truly enjoy reading other writers stories, epically a writer that I talk to. Recently, I watched a video on the 5 best ways to improve your writing. One of the things mentioned was to join a writers group or befriend another writer who can review your work. I used to belong to two writing groups on Wattpad, however; one group turned very dramatic due to a difference of opinions. Simply put, two of the writers there made a point to attack other writers who didn’t share their beliefs – it didn’t end well.
Next, I joined a book club on Wattpad. Now, this was my first book club, and I noticed a trend happening amongst the writers: they were always praising each other’s work. I had experienced something similar in the fanfiction community where a group of writers – who called themselves the elite – praised each other and brought those outside their group down.
Many of their comments were:
Fellow x,y,z, they are the best writers!
We are the elite writers!
Other comments I saw were:
All these writers are my friends and they write the best, go follow them!
I was thinking: is this actually promoting a good story and not just their friends? It’s truly hard to say.
Now, please don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe that supporting each other is great, especially if your followers and readers show a mass audience, but it got cocky.
Despite one’s level of writing or fandom, I will always support the writer. I urge other writers to just be mindful when praising someone. Praise is good, but please don’t make other writers feel isolated or less worthy of the written word. We all want to improve our skills and support one another, so please be mindful of those around you 😀
What are your thoughts on this topic? Also, I will reply to all the comments from my other post =) Thanks for being such wonderful, passionate readers and writers!