By Lori Widmer
Part of the reason why I contribute here at About Freelance Writing is because since I’ve met her, Anne has been an inspiration. She espouses a genuine, reflective approach to client relationships and writing projects that make writers feel good about being writers. I want to be around that kind of person, and I want to be like that.
On my own blog, it’s been a little less than inspiring at times. I’ve taken on some touchy topics (content mills, sexism, etc.), and I can’t say I’ve always been inspiring about it. But sometimes I’ve felt I needed to say what was on my mind, even if it was unpopular or controversial.
But I’m getting better. Recently I brought up, very briefly, my thoughts on content mills and writers who contract with them. It was a brief “live and let live, but don’t expect me to like it” post. It drew some very bold posts, which I think is good in a way. When someone touches a nerve, it’s a great time to learn something. One poster in particular took offense at something that was said in the comments section, and a discussion ensued.
At the end of it, he said something that made me feel the discussion was worth it, warts and all. He said my opinions were focused and he’s considering them based on their merit. Amen. My goal is to introduce the idea to writers that they can, and should, be always reaching beyond themselves toward better clients, better projects, better income.
Each of us holds strong opinions on some topic. And sometimes the frustration and anger and maybe even a little resentment creeps into those opinions. I’m guilty of that. But focusing on the topic, not the “You offended me” stance, we can learn to hear each other and maybe even grow as writers from it.
Some ways to be inspiring to other writers:
- Don’t sugar coat, but don’t offend intentionally. In some cases, just holding an opposing opinion will offend. That you cannot help.
- Champion their career. Help them see their own value.
- Be genuine. Say what you mean and defend it if you need to. But be open to new ideas.
- Care about your fellow writer.
- Allow yourself to change your mind.
- Agree to disagree.
- Defend the right of all to their opinions, good or bad.
How do you inspire other writers?
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