Thursday, September 10, 2015

Everybody Needs It

by Nicole Petrino-Salter
No matter your age, what genre you write, how many books published or if none so far, everybody needs encouragement. To hear words of affirmation about one's writing produces immeasurable comfort, satisfaction, peace, and/or determination. Let's face it: we all need encouragement in most areas of our lives. There's just something extra special about someone telling you how much they enjoy, appreciate, or are amazed by what you've written.

Bestselling authors usually don't have time to conversationally relate to their readers. One of the most successful authors in Christian fiction at keeping in touch with her fan base is Karen Kingsbury who has to be one of the best marketers in the biz. But if we're not of the group who wears the "bestselling" label or brand, it's particularly satisfying when we receive a reader's response to our work or another author's praise or a good review.

The objective of this post isn't to point out the obvious. It's a reminder to each author, famous, unknown, or infamous, others need encouragement. It shouldn't be too much for any of us to encourage one another if it comes from the heart. In a world where there is evil cast as good and good as evil, writers who are dedicated to producing the best they can could use a little inspiration to keep going, to continue, to keep on with that novel or series or whatever their current project might be. At times the writing comes "easy" and at others it doesn't come along at all. A few words can help a writer see themselves as someone unique, someone who gets the struggle but wants to continue and will because of those few sentences offered from a pure heart.

Haven't we all needed those words more times than we might care to admit? I know I have. 

Nicole Petrino-Salter writes love stories with a passion. You can find here most days.


Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Words of wisdom,Nicole. Thank you so much for the reminder to keep encouraging one another.

Nicole said...

We need it, don't we. And we need to give it back. Thanks, Pat.

Brenda Anderson said...

So true, Nicole! Those little nuggets of encouragement do help us keep going. It's a tough business with a lot of rejection, so any encouragement is freely welcomed. :)

And really, there's little more gratifying that being an encourager.

Nicole said...

You're absolutely right, Bren.

Linda T said...

Encouragement is one of the gifts of the spirit. God has wired some people with this incredible gift. I have certainly needed an encourager in the writing life many times. Such a simple thing and so priceless to the recipient.

Nicole said...

Exactly, Linda. God's abundance to you.

Pam K. said...

I'm trying to more often remember to tell authors I've enjoyed their book. When they are on Facebook, this is quite easy to do. Even just commenting, "It was a great book!" seems to mean a lot, because they almost always respond. It feels good to make someone else feel good.

Nicole said...

It does, Pam. And you're so right. That simple sentence accomplishes such gratitude from a writer. Very thoughtful of you to make a point of expressing how much you enjoy a book.