“Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. ”
It’s already G day? It’s G day! G’day!
1. the quality of being kind and generous–showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.
This is a big one in my book. It’s true in general but especially true for writers. From beta readers, to critique partners, to cheerleaders, to writing craft helpers, to someone who has had success in some way, we all get by with a little help from our friends.
I can’t count how many blogs and websites are there that are worth visiting over and again because the blog author is sharing insights. Writer’s Digest Magazine awards the 101 Best annually. And I’m not just talking about industry professionals. There are many regular writerly people out there who share–not as an expert per se–but as someone with particular experience who felt there might be some use in sharing with those who will follow on their same path.
I’ve been on the receiving end so often in my writing life, which I continue to find invaluable to my work. I’ve also been on the giving end. You never know how your generosity (of time, spirit, advice, etc) will help someone else on their journey. I have found individuals who are so giving of their experience, and wisdom, successes, and failures…it never ceases to amaze me how very generous the writing community is. And I think it’s a quality that everyone (writers and muggles) should have.
Bonus G Words for Writers: Grit, Goodreads.com, Gumption
“You have not lived today until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you.”
Have you given or received writerly generosity?