Writing Parables – Life lessons that apply to writing


This week we got out a hammock to test. The hammock itself is made of parachute material, and the day was breezy. I’m sure you can guess what happened next. The wind tried to take the hammock and blow it away. Undeterred, my stubborn kids… ok, me too. (What? They had to learn it somewhere.) We all worked together to set it up and make sure everyone got a turn in it, even if some of them ended up looking more like a burrito than a kid in a hammock. At the end of the day, we all had a great time, and everyone left giggling. 

Sometimes, we feel like the hammock as we try to navigate everything we are supposed to do as we write, edit, format, cover design, market, and so on. We feel pushed and pulled violently in the cyclone of things that need to be done. We struggle and sometimes find ourselves flapping in the winds of change, and all those things we never dreamed we needed to know as an author. We feel overwhelmed and wonder if we will ever make it. 

Yet, just as we pulled together to help each other out to set up the hammock, so we as writers need to rally around each other and build a support system. One that lets us work together, build each other up and encourage each other along the way. My Cherokee grandmother used to say, “Many hands make the work light, but it also makes it bearable.” It’s as true now as it was when she learned it as a child. We all need groups to encourage, support, and just plain have some fun with along the way. 

I know a lot of people who found Facebook groups. I know many others who found groups on Twitter. Personally, I just started my own in my own little online community. We have less than a dozen people in it, but it is perfect for me, and that’s what counts. Thankfully, they enjoy a good joke as much as I do and still work hard while joking. I am forever grateful for their support and encouragement, and yes, from time to time, a swift kick in the seat of the pants. 

What about you? Do you feel like you are twisting in the wind, or do you have a support community? What is the one thing that would help you feel the most supported and encouraged right now? I would love to hear your thoughts! Please comment down below, and tell me all about how things are going for you.