10 Things Writers Should Say to Each Other More Often

4. “How are you?”

1. “I want to read one thing you’ve written recently. Send me something you’re super proud of.”

2. “What made you want to become a writer? I want to hear your story.”

3. “Can I buy your book/Pledge $1 to your Patreon/Tweet out a link to something you published recently?”

4. “How are you?” (Sometimes we’re so focused on asking writers about their writing that we forget to ask writers how they’re doing outside of writing.)

5. “Tell me about the writing accomplishment that made you decide to take your writing more seriously.”

6. “I’ll read the first chapter of your WIP if you read mine.” (More writers should offer a kindness for or without something in return, instead of asking for endless free favors.)

7. “I don’t think I’m the right audience for your book, but I know someone who is and I can’t wait to buy a copy for them to read.”

8. “How else can I support you?”

9. “Hang in there. Things are tough right now, but if you can write your way through it, you’re going to make it.”

10. “I believe in you, even if you don’t believe in yourself right now.”


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.


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