Many people think being a writer is a solitary profession. It is not.
While the writing process itself is a private and intimate endeavour, being a writer, especially a self-published or Indie author is a very public and shared enterprise.
Writing is very personal, but publishing is far more than writing, and it is a journey that cannot be travelled alone.
As well as support from friends and family, writers who aim to publish will need beta readers, proof readers, cover designers, formatting help, friends and support on social networks and publishing platforms, advice, encouragement, practical information, inspiration, and reviewers, among other invaluable people.
Some of these services will be paid for, but many of them will be supplied altruistically by the wonderful people we all meet along our journey into publishing.
Inspiration and altruism are very closely related and their interaction is mutually beneficial. Altruism means setting aside selfish desires and catering for others’ needs not expecting anything in return, although, believe me, you will receive much more than give because it will trigger off a positive chain of events for everyone involved. Your altruistic friends will inspire you, encourage you, and guide you along your path.
Inspiration and altruism will make you a better writer and most importantly a better person, because you will be inspired by the generosity of people who offer you their time and help. As well as your friends and family, you will meet, and often befriend, complete strangers who are willing to give you advice, help, and most importantly their time and their honest opinions.
I have already met many wonderful and generous readers and authors who are prepared to read other writer’s works in progress, advise them, encourage them, and help them along the long and lonely road all self-published authors must travel.
Nevertheless, this generosity needs to be more than reciprocal, we all need to play it forward and assist others. Authors need to support each other with positive criticism, advice and encouragement across genres, genders and nationalities. The best way to do this is through online platforms such as blogs and other social networks. Take an interest in what other writers are doing and saying, be active and supportive, always. By practicing creative altruism, you’re supporting other authors, and you’re also supporting yourself and your profession.
This Page in my Blog is based on the premise that Readers and Writers need to be generous, inspiring, and supportive with each other. I’m convinced it will bounce back!
Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr’s advice on the subject:
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
But remember to keep the ball rolling and play it forward…
The subcategories on this page will link to other authors and their blogs. I’ll be including Blog Hops, Blogfests, Blog Challenges, Interviews, and any other type of interaction I can think of between authors…
Please comment if you have any advice or suggestions. I’d love to hear from you!