Are you an artist? A painter, writer, musician? Then I’ve got news for you. If you’re in a position to help someone else, in ANY way possible, you should do it.
Because it’s the right thing to do. Look I don’t claim to know everything-that would make me egocentric, don’t you think-but at the level that I am I will always go the extra distance to help anyone in need. Especially since I am a writer, that makes it even more important to me to help other writers. People message me all the time on Goodreads & twitter, asking me what it takes to be a writer and all sorts of other questions pertaining writing in general.
I go out of my way to help these folks, not because I want something in return, it’s because by helping others I help myself. I help my self-esteem knowing others need my help. And I help someone whose shoes I was once in. No I’m not a global sensation yet in offering help, but I’m getting there, step by step.
I’ve also received help from many kind folks out there, other writers, like me. I always ask them how they attained success and most have responded positively in an effort to help the collective consciousness of artistry.
Others haven’t, I can’t really say anything about these folks, there haven’t been many but a few have declined to share their experiences with me. As if by helping me it will stem their own tidal wave of momentum.
I’m not out to change others, and never would, but look at it this way: if writer A who writes Romance contacts writer B, who writes Techno-thrillers, writer B isn’t really hurting himself. Why? Because the help he/she may give wont hurt his sales, or take anything away from him/her. Most of writer A’s potential clientele won’t even be trying to buy writer B’s work anyway, since they’ll probably be mainly into romance.
Does this make sense? Of course it does.
Writer B, by helping writer A with whatever knowledge will be helping him/herself. How? By gaining positive karma points. This is what I believe, and even if that wasn’t the case, you owe it to yourself as an artist to help others. Don’t look at other artists as competition. No. Just look at them as an extension of yourself.