[clickToTweet tweet=”#aliveeandwriting #writerssupportingwriters” quote=”When you’re weary and exhausted, no matter how much you love the game, you’re just done. Enter, the cheerleaders.”]
Rah, rah, sis, boom, bah! You can do it, yah, yah, yah!
Pompoms wave, crowds cheer! The team flags, but with the cheers going, they pull through and… SCORE! Whew! Exhaustion fades and exhilaration explodes. Call it adrenaline, call it affirmation, call it anything. It doesn’t matter.
Suddenly, everything changes. You were ready for a hot shower and collapsing in bed. Now you’re ready to party, baby!
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I can hear the comments:
So what does this have to do with writing? Aren’t you a semi-sports hater, Chautona? I’ve read your anti-baseball blog post. I’ve read your Super Bowl post. Don’t pretend with me!
Well, last week on Alive & Writing, we addressed the need for writers to have life cheerleaders (particularly writing ones for writers)–those people in our lives who can come along and just cheer us on. They aren’t our mentors (we’ll talk about those in part 2 of Chapter 1) or even our motivation. These aren’ just our alpha readers or beta readers. They’re more than that. They’re those people who know how to get us going when nothing else will.
Because no matter how much we love the craft, no matter how deeply rooted we are in our stories, sometimes we get weary. And without someone coming along to help re-energize us, we’re likely to flag.
I have many life cheerleaders–most in the writing realm.
Last week I woke and the first person who came to mind that morning got a public thank you. I thought I’d share them here, too.
OF course, there are HUNDREDS of people I could have named. Susan, Michele, my mom, my son (who never fails to tell me to have a great writing session), Jen, the Escapeables, the entire launch team—the list is endless. So thank you all!
Want to know how to be a great cheerleader in someone’s life? Head on over to Alive & Writing and grab the checklist and listen to the podcast! Meanwhile, what kind of life cheerleaders do you need? The barky coach in your face brow-beating you into getting work done, or the perky girl with pompoms and a smile that never quits?
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