I'm pleased to introduce you to the very talented Susan Stuckey who will be generously sharing her two cents today.
Take the stage, Susan!
Teresa asked me if I’d be interested in writing a post answering the question “If there is one piece of writing advice you could share with other writers, what would it be?” I said yes, because Teresa is such a sweetheart--who could say no?
One minute (actually is was more like a couple of seconds) after I hit send on my acceptance, panic set in. Who was I to give writing advice to anyone? What could I say but reiterate one of the same memes as everyone else? Read! Write every day!, etc.
Then I realized that the answer could be found in two of the disciplines I studied in college: sociology and psychology. I considered our age of “internet interaction” filled with the flame wars, bullying, and negativity. I realized that my advice would not directly be about writing, but something related.
I went back to one of my favorite poems -- specifically the last two lines of this verse:
"The ill-timed truth we might have kept--
Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?
The word we had not sense to say--
Who knows how grandly it had rung!”
[from The Fools Prayer by Edward Roland Sill]
My advice is to have sense, and say those truthful words that “grandly ring” to everyone but especially fellow writers. Offer other writers help and support. Helping someone else promote their publication does not diminish your possibilities of sales, it increases them.
Perhaps you don’t believe you can promote their book to your fans because you write YA or MG and theirs is erotica or adult horror or ??? There are other ways to say the word that rings grandly. Buy their book. Leave a review. Attend their Facebook party. Congratulate them on publication for a job well done. There are untold ways to show the “kind heart” and give support.
And when someone supports you, either verbally or by action, THANK THEM!
Small kindnesses make large waves.
BIO: Currently (mostly) retired, but 'back in the day' Susan was a meek, mild-mannered, self-effacing accountant/auditor but after 5:00 her imagination broke free. She either played with historical stories, or in the magical World of Aldura she created.
Besides playing in fantasy worlds and/or historical times, Susan dabbles in various hobbies, loves to try new recipes, and is the servant of multiple fur-children (both feline and canine).
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-Stuckey-Author/405863746200970?ref=hl
Twitter handle: @SusanStuckey3
Amazon US Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Stuckey/e/B00F961U04/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1392130321&sr=8-1