Why Writers Should Share


When you get a meeting, finish a script, make your word count for the day, sell your work, big or small, those are all successes, and should be shared with your colleagues. When asked how a meeting went or if someone hit their goal and their reply is coy…one assumes they didn’t do well but don’t know how to say it.

Personally, I would rather be told, “We are meeting with the director next week” or “Ya, I fell flat on my face.” because now I know how to respond. How can your colleagues/friends support your endeavors if you don’t share them? I’m of the opinion that the only thing better (or worse, as the case may be) than the extremes I just mentioned, is doing so alone.

I think it is safe to say that no one is able to promote the vague writer. “No idea what she’s working on, but she says it’s going awesome!” is not a likely statement. People are able to commiserate or celebrate with you when they know what’s happening. Every now and then I see on Twitter a plea for virtual hugs or good vibes and I always try to RT and send positive energy their way. I applaud these people for being open about the struggle that they are having and being willing to allow others to support them!

You don’t have to pretend it was easy!

Hiding your failures may actually hurt you because you are robbed of the opportunity to learn from others who have had a similar experience. Not to mention the great feeling of having someone root for you when you’re low on luck.

When you do succeed, we will be all the happier for you because we will have been along for the ride; seeing it come to life will be a greater pay off for everyone.  Success feels awesome when it happens; it feels amazing when you have a cheering section!

I know I’ve been going through a rough time lately and all your support has helped get me through. I want to be authentic with you so that when I finally have a big win you will know that it wasn’t an overnight success, it was a lot like rolling a boulder uphill. Thanks for reading! I would love to hear about your progress (even if it’s not writing related!) in the comments below.

5 Comments

  1. Janelle said:

    Wow this really spoke to me and is exactly what I needed to hear today. I have been wanting to slip into isolation mode lately because of the many stresses I feel like I am dealing with right now but this inspires me to reach out for support. Thank you and love you lots ❤️

    August 10, 2017
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  2. Sae Sae Norris said:

    This is incredible and sound advice! I’ve experienced a time when people pounced on my when I showed any weakness, so I hid most of those struggles from all but a select few. I still do that, to be honest. Showing our vulnerabilities is hard, especially in a medium where we know the committment and support of others may not be as sincere or tangible as we need it to be.

    But there’s accountability in this message. And the responsibility of building your own network –and people like to know who and what they’re rooting for. If they can see your struggles and your wins, then they can relate to it more and more, because we all go through that.

    This is incredible advice, sister!

    July 31, 2017
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Wow! Thanks for that praise! It was much needed!! I’m glad this resonated with you.

      July 31, 2017
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  3. Great thoughts. I think it’s hard to admit when we don’t meet a goal or are struggling with one. But I agree, it isn’t something we should keep quiet about. As you said, sharing not only lets others know they are not alone, in a way it helps us be more accepting of ourselves.
    Going to share this in my encouragement group!

    July 31, 2017
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    • Amy Laurel said:

      Thanks so much! I hope your group benefits from the discussion!

      July 31, 2017
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