In a world full of negativity, it is important to impart hope to others through intriguing stories that invoke positivity. Friendships are vital regardless of your profession, and writing doesn’t change the fact. Everyone needs supportive, kind, and encouraging friends.
I recently read Angelia L White’s book Yes Sisters. The cover sums it up. Surrounding Yourself with Women Who Affirm, Encourage, and Challenge You. This goes for men, too, even though the book focuses on women.
Angela says, “We need a friend who helps us become our best selves.”
Take Yes Sisters a step further. As a writer, you have questions about formatting, concerns over deadlines, and disappointments from writers’ block. Rejections bounce into your email like popcorn. Confidence plummets. Why would anyone want to read anything you write? You doubt your ability to pull off writing a great story. You need yes friends to offer reassurance and boost confidence.
- Friends to reiterate, “Yes, you can.”
- Friends cheer you on and won’t let you back down.
- Friends tell you what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear.
- Friends will be truthful and value your friendship in return.
- Friends speak into your life, and you’re both the better for it.
Not everyone on your friend’s list meets these qualifications. No offense to anyone, but you generally draw closer to people whose personalities complement yours. And, sometimes, you’ll develop a bond with an even smaller group with whom you can share more personal information. Those who will pray for you and help keep your sights on Christ are real keepers.
Jesus said it best. “I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friend, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 NIV.
Everything you learn in your writing experience can help others. No one person is above another. All are equal in God’s eyes. Leaning on fellow writers for advice and guidance is admirable and a blessing.
Are you a Yes Sister/Brother? Do you encourage others?
What are your thoughts?