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Be a Cheerleader to Other Writers

In many markets there is a lot of competition…but should that be the case amongst writers? Are writers supposed to encourage one another or is it every man for himself?

When you think about the business world, not too many of them are quick to boost up another. For instance, if you own a plumbing business it is not likely you will tell your customers about how great the other plumbing business across town is. That would be foolish. So does the same apply to writing?

Not necessarily.

It can be tricky when it comes to writing. You want others to read your work but how do you get it out there? Many times it is through shared resources (such as here on Families which has a number of contributing bloggers). But it can also be done through forums and the commenting feature.

One of the tricks of the trade when it comes to marketing your work as a writer is to comment on other people’s blogs. That way your website is out there, hopefully tempting someone to click on it. But that means you have to be willing to read other people’s work and then comment with something that is positive.

So even though you are striving to get your work seen, you have to be willing to look at what others have done. Yes, the business of writing is very different than so many other business types.

So how do you navigate through this? How do you accept the fact that you must be somewhat encouraging to other writers in order to get your work seen?

You have to change your perspective. It isn’t necessarily about competition. Writers have unique voices and unique ways of communicating. Unless you are guilty of copying someone’s work, your piece will be unlike anything else. It is a one-of-a-kind.

You can even take an idea from another person’s writing and turn it into something completely new. That is the great thing about the field of writing. You can’t really do this with other businesses.

If you want to see your writing business grow, then be a cheerleader for other writers. It doesn’t take away from what you have to offer. It could, in fact, open new doors of opportunity.

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About Stephanie Romero

Stephanie Romero is a professional blogger for Families and full-time web content writer. She is the author and instructor of an online course, "Recovery from Abuse," which is currently being used in a prison as part of a character-based program. She has been married to her husband Dan for 21 years and is the mother of two teenage children who live at home and one who is serving in the Air Force.