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How to Support the “Starving Artist”
It’s likely that you know at least one person in your life looking to make it big as a writer, painter, musician, etc. You love them and you want everyone else to love them too, but you don’t know how to go about supporting them. I’ve got the ideas you need to support the ones you love in a business that is hell to break into. Use my list as a guide to show your starving artist that you care.
Since I am under the writer category of the Starving Artist grouping, I will be talking about writers from here on. These tips can still be used for any genre of artist!
Solid Advice from a Writer
Most authors I know like coffee, but why stop there? Personally, I prefer anything chocolate. Give the writer a morale boost with their favourite treat. Send it in the mail if you’re too far away. The mailman will be so confused about what’s melting in the parcel and dripping out the sides, but it’s not his problem once it hits the doorstep!
Like and comment on all of their posts! Every writer loves knowing that people are seeing and sharing what they put out on their social media. It makes the work feel worthwhile and like something is moving forward. I can always count on my mom and sister to like my posts, even when I’m calling them out like I’m doing right now.
Being a writer is mentally exhausting. Give hugs. All the hugs. Only if they know you. Stranger hugs are… weird to say the least. Don’t be weird. Be supportive and follow every other item on this list if you haven’t asked for permission to offer cozy embraces.
Hold Them Accountable.
Working from home and being alone most of the day can give way to lots of distractions. Help them out by making sure they’re always on top of their work. Ask them how their novel is going and stare into their eyes to bring them shame for not doing what they’re supposed to. Everyone knows the novel isn’t writing itself when the author is laying on the beach with a drink in hand. Shout at them from outside their office window. Be annoying. Bring on the guilt!
Tell Your Friends.
The best way to spread the word is to tell everyone you know about the writer’s work. Be annoying as f$!@ and keep reminding your friends to buy the writer’s book or follow them on social media. It’s free to be that annoying friend who is always putting plugs in for their favourite artist’s work!
Share Your Stories.
Writers need to find inspiration somewhere. Talk to the writer and tell them every stupid, heroic, funny, exciting adventure that you’ve been on. Watch as the wheels in their brain start turning as they plot new ways to use your stories to their advantage. When the fans claim that the story isn’t realistic, the writer will turn to you to verify the validity of the tale. When you’re friends with a writer, anything you say or do can be used in a story!
How do you support the Starving Artist?
That’s all the advice I have for today. Though it’s important to buy an author’s book (especially one who self-publishes), you don’t always have to spend money to show your support. Help them get the word out and the people that have cash burning a hole in their pocket can be the ones buying books for everyone. Every little bit of support counts. Never forget that!
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