This past Wednesday I co-hosted the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and the massive, positive response to my post really blew me away. So many people stopped by to comment, not just to say “hey what’s up?” but to add discourse and talk about the things they’re struggling with and going through. I tried to answer every single comment thoughtfully and thoroughly. I’m still getting responses, so if I’m a little slow replying I apologize–I WILL answer every single person who comments.
The idea that we all doubt ourselves in some fundamental way really got me thinking, though. As writers, we should be here to lift each other up, not just professionally but spiritually. Even if we don’t write in the same genre or often cross paths, we’re still in this boat together, navigating a stormy sea. Life is hard enough and here we are, trying to make it harder by creating art and shouting our meager voices into the void. It’s good to know we’re not alone, but even knowing that, sometimes we feel very alone.
So in the spirit of how humbled and awed I am by the response to my post, today I’m encouraging everyone to spread support. Go to one of the blogs you follow, the blog of someone you admire, the blog of someone you know–or even don’t know–and leave an encouraging, kind comment on their latest post. Or tweet them. Or leave a Facebook comment. Even if they don’t seem to be outwardly struggling, remember what goes on in our heads rarely matches the smiling faces we put on for the world.
Go out into the internet today and say something uplifting to another writer. #writerhugs! Even if you’re not a writer, you can join in. We need all the encouragement we can get.