We have a sacred obligation, or so I feel, once we become members of the club ‘Author’. Once we’ve been to a few signings or have a few random conversations with people, it is bound to be mentioned you are a writer. And we are bound to hear comments to the effect of ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book’, ‘I’ve always wanted to be a writer too’ or something akin.
Sometimes, after asking a few direct questions, it might become clear a particular individual probably won’t reach that goal for whatever reason. We probe around a little and reach a conclusion they might wish to join the ‘writer’ ranks, but it doesn’t look promising for whatever reason.
But people who don’t have dreams don’t have much. And we author club members are now living our dreams and chasing more. So I think that gives us the obligation to support other’s dreams.
I’ve blogged before regarding the importance of mentoring young readers in order to reap mature readers and perhaps future writers, so it rests upon us lucky writers to encourage all who approach us ‘wanting to write a book’.
It’s time to push our opinions aside, any negative thoughts and embrace their dream with the same joy and compassion we always wanted others to embrace ours. For how are we to know how many people once thought we’d never write a book, let alone publish any?
We got our writing dreams. We need to pay it forward now and do what little bit we can to help others reach theirs, to keep the sacred circle flowing. It might be giving them a pointer or two, a contact, inviting them to a group meeting, sharing articles on questions they have, offering to honestly read what they have or any number of ways to say you hope they succeed.
Writing is hard work, but it’s also fun. When we can share the work and the pleasure, it’s all the better for everyone involved.