As authors, we can get so involved with our own work that we totally segregate ourselves from the rest of the writing world. When we do take a break and look around us, we see that an author here and another author there has reached their accomplishments, and we question our own feelings. Do we feel joy or envy?
Sometimes, we work really hard to write a particular story or article or even a book, and it’s taken all of our thoughts and our time as press towards the mark of getting it published and making it a successful publication. Many of us are linked together in different social or business networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn, so we have met many other authors and we have an idea of where they’re heading.
But sometimes when we see that they have become well-recognized and accepted because of something they published, our own reserves can be offended. We feel that it’s not fair or that it should be us out there being congratulated for our work. But it’s not because we’re still working on it, or maybe we finished it and it just didn’t make it the way theirs did.
It’s certainly normal to want to be a successful author and to be recognized as one. It’s the goal we all head for. But there are many reasons why another author has reached success ahead of us, and we have to control our emotions so that they are edifying and not envious.
We don’t know the details that influence the lives of our author acquaintances and so we have to be careful that we don’t judge them or get angered because they made it and we didn’t. Perhaps they’ve struggled for years and endured much criticism and hard work to get to that point, and perhaps they are well deserving of their success.
How can we support each other? If it’s geologically possible to go to book signings then we should go and support them there, and if we can’t get there then we can leave them a message when they promote it in the social media. We can read their blogs and leave a comment, visit their Facebook page and give our support or go to their website and leave a word of encouragement.
One of the greatest supports that authors can have is that of each other. We need to reach out with a happy heart and truly congratulate them when they succeed even in the smallest way. It’s our encouragement and inspiration towards each other that will keep us focused and on the path to success.
The life of an author can appear unrewarding and filled with struggles and unbelievable trials as each one continues in their endeavour to be successful. It’s very easy for an author to become discouraged and give up, and that could be very sad because there are many authors out there whose work is truly worth every word they write.
And on the other hand, when it seems as if the world is against them and totally dumping ice on their hopes to be a writer, there is nothing more supporting and uplifting than the encouragement of other authors. So, whether it’s an author who just accomplished a book that became a best seller, or an author who has written a worthy article on their blog, we should take the time to send them a few words of support that lets them know that their work is appreciated.
From one author to another, let’s support each other with words of joy and not with hidden feelings of envy.
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