A Follow-Up To My Previous Entry

I wrote what I wrote on Friday in personal response to something I saw a while back saying, in essence, “Be sure to compliment the writers you like, because the day you say something nice may be the day they otherwise would have given up writing.”

Now . . . I don’t want to sound like I’m dismissing the importance of positive feedback to a writer, because I most assuredly am not dismissing that!  A little compliment can go a long way, and a discouraged writer may indeed stop sharing their writing, which I’ll grant can amount to the same thing to the reader, so by all means give those compliments freely if you are so inclined, but take it from me:

To a writer, “giving it up” is akin to giving up oxygen.  Oh, you can hold your breath for a while, but the consequences keep getting worse and eventually you have to either breathe or die.

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