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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Insecure Writers Support Group: Who Supports You?

Are you watching the Olympics? I can't get enough--staying up after midnight watching every swim, every floor routine. I find it especially emotional to watch the parents and the coaches react to their athletes' performances.

It's the athletes who work their butts off every day, and I take nothing from them. But this post is to celebrate their support team. Thanks, Mom!



Who first believed in you?

Who first told you "Your writing's really great!"

Who said "Maybe you should get this published?!?"

Whoever that was, you know how important he or she is to your writing career.

Only writers know how grueling it is to finish a novel, but we also realize it's even harder when we go it alone. Having loved ones, friends, and mentors to encourage us makes the path to publication a lot lighter.

I'm blessed to have many supporters on my team. Elementary school teachers who praised my fledgling creative writing efforts...college professors who challenged me to develop my unique voice...grad school advisors who crafted my professional writing...

And this crazy publishing venture all began with the encouragement of some online friends from around the world. Thank you Lorne, Amy, Janine, Cecile, and Marilyn!

So I ask...

Who supports you?

16 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Excellent post! I know this sounds a bit sad, but my biggest support really comes from other writers. It's not that my family aren't supportive, but they don't realise how much work actually goes in to writing a book!

Heather Murphy said...

My college English professor asked me to work for him. I guess that's when I realized I might be doing something right :)

Nicki Elson said...

Aw, what a wonderful post! I went the writing thing alone for a while as I felt guilty about the time it took away from other things and I knew I'd get the the opposite of support from el-spouso, so I didn't talk about it - at all. But opening up - first to my sister and next to my son - gave me such an amazing boost, and without the persistent encouragement from both of them, I'd probably still be in my writing closet.

Jennifer Lane said...

Kyra, I've had a similar experience...I feel much more supported by fellow writers and internet friends than I do by my family, when it comes to writing. I feel hurt that most of my family hasn't read my books. But they do support me in other ways. Maybe they got burned out on cheering me on in swimming!

Jennifer Lane said...

Heather, what a compliment from your professor! Teachers can have such a positive impact.

Jennifer Lane said...

Nicki, I'm glad el esposo came on board eventually. It is a challenge to feel comfortable sharing something so deep and personal sometimes.

Cherie Colyer said...

It's wonderful you have great supporters. Mine would be my family and then my CP once I met them. They all encouraged me to keep writing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My wife prompted me to try for publication first. She continues to support me, and now I have a whole army of blogging friends who keep me going.

Melissa said...

In junior high, I had an English teacher who encouraged me. Now I have my mom and my writing buddies urging me on. I'm very blessed to have so many supportive people.

Great post! :)

IWSG #179 (At least until Alex culls the list again. :P)

Katharina Brendel said...

When I was younger my mom said she loved my writing and that instilled the writing bug in me. I'm a little private with my writing so haven't shared with friends/family, but the online community has been the best!

Jennifer Lane said...

Cheri, how'd you meet your CP? I don't really have a CP though I do have a group of online friends to read my stuff.

Jennifer Lane said...

Alex, that's great your wife is your first and biggest supporter. You DO have an army...a Ninja army!

Jennifer Lane said...

Melissa, once again it sounds like teachers are key to support writing.

Jennifer Lane said...

Katharina, yay for your mom! That support is so important.

Gene Pool Diva said...

Hubby is a pillar of support and lets me splash his foibles all over the net. Good hubby. Super hubby :)

Jennifer Lane said...

Diva, I'm now a follower of your kooky blog. Sounds like you have a great hubs.

 


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