Succeeding in anything requires having some kind of support system in place. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a professional landscaper, if you don’t have people that support you, it’s going to be a lot harder to be a success in your chosen field, or at your preferred thing.
It really is amazing how just a little bit of positivity, even from strangers, can really motivate you!
I recently signed up for Gina Horkey’s writing course and, as part of that, joined the private Facebook group that’s made up of likeminded people. It’s this amazing group of writers that shares what they’re doing, how they’re doing, and all the bumps along the way – those that are doing really well are providing all sorts of cheer to those that are just getting started! There isn’t a negative word said to one another! Everybody is cheerful and positive!
And that makes me think about what supports one can get outside of immediate family. I mean, your immediate family is supposed to stand with you and cheer you on, but more is better.
Off the top of my head, I can think of a handful of other networks that can help with this sort of thing. I have a ton of friends that I’ve met online, many of which I roleplay with or have roleplayed with (think of it as cooperative writing), who know that I am doing this. They’re happy to support me in my endeavours, and they’re a great source of encouragement.
Eventually, I’ll have a pool of readers whose support will be helpful. There’s my boyfriend, who also occasionally inspires – whether he realizes it or not.
Clients can also be a source of support, though in a less direct way than others, because you’re not actively seeking it out from them. That support comes in the form of the rave reviews and compliments that clients provide. They actually help me get in up the morning, and they encourage me to load up my inbox and see what’s come in.
If you don’t have much support from people in your life, check out groups for writers on sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. The blogosphere is full of blogs by writers, for writers, and by participating in the comments section, you direct people to your own site – and maybe, that’ll encourage some people to add themselves to your own little cheering squad. Nobody knows what this is like better than other writers.
You can also reach out to me, too! I mean, I’m there, I know what it feels like to get discouraged, or to be confused, or just plain freaked out.
A special shout-out to Gina Horkey at horkeyhandbook.com, who maintains an incredibly supportive group of people and whose blog is an inspiration.