Well, first of all, to have someone say that about my writing is a pretty good feeling. It's one thing for people to like reading what I write - and that's wonderful all on it's own. But when they like it enough to want to give toward it, that's something else. Sure, there might be a little bit of "help the teen writer succeed" going on, but I'm not really bothered by that. It happens to be the truth, after all. I am a teen writer who may or may not be talented at this whole writing gig, and I'll need help from people other than just my parents at some point. People who like my writing are already helping and supporting me by reading my blogs. I always feel good when I look over my blog stats and see how many pageviews I've gotten since I started this in April last year. Over 8,900. That just blows me away.
But once I got over the initial head-rush of "oh my gosh, someone said that about me!" I suddenly realized no one has ever asked me that question before. And its definitely not something I'd ever considered either, so I really had to think about it for a while to come up with an answer.
The fact is, there aren't many ways I can be supported in my writing right now that aren't already happening. Writing is a solitary job - no one else can come up with the words and string them together in sentences but me. Feedback is gold, but in the end it's up to me to decide how to say what I say. And just at the moment, nothing is between me and blogging or writing my stories. I don't have monetary needs holding me down, and I'm not restrained by my writing tools. I have lots of time right now - probably more than I'll ever have at any other point in my life. I also don't think I'm a very needy person and I have a hard time asking for things, which makes this a particularly difficult question to come up with an answer for.
One thing does come to mind though, and it might seem like it's not much, but it's what I think I really need right now.
Spread the word.
One of the biggest challenges for writers of any kind is being noticed. There's so much out there already and so much more being written all the time that it can be hard for people to find you unless they are told where to look. Right now, Facebook is the biggest source of traffic for my blog, and that's because my Mom shares my posts on her wall and all her Facebook friends see it there. (This probably means I should join Facebook myself...) If you want to support me and my writing, share the blog. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Tell whoever. At the very least, more people will see my blog, and some of them will probably like what I write as well. That's the idea, at least.
If telling people about this wonderful little blog you follow that's written by a homeschooled teen from a family of fifteen isn't enough for you, I have managed to come up with a list of things I use for my writing.
- Notebooks. I write on the computer at home, but I bring a notebook with me when I go places so I can write if the urge strikes me. All my notebooks are one-subject, spiral-bound, standard school notebooks with blue covers. All writers have their little crutches.
- Pens. I don't write in pencil. As I stated HERE, my writing pens are the cheap, retractable, Bic ballpoints. I love these because they write quickly and don't skip, so if you're going to get me pens, those are what I use.
- Books. I review books on my second blog, Under Cover Agents, and most of the ones I review are ones that we own or that I can find at the library. But both of those sources have their limits, and I love reading and don't like buying books. Gifts of new reading material wouldn't be out of place, and I'll probably review them, too.
- Chocolate. I'm pretty sure it's linked to my ability to deal with major writing setbacks, though that's not been scientifically proven. My personal preference is milk chocolate, but at the end of the day, chocolate is chocolate.
Last of all - to whichever wonderful blog reader out there who asked how they could support me: