This one took some digging, but I finally found an X word that feels right for this year’s theme of words that writers need. In this case, it is something that writers need to be. And that is:
1. something – such as a person, place or software application — that is friendly to strangers.
This one, like many other words I have focused on this month, seem to come back to the theme I have built over this month of writers being good citizens of the world. Whether you intend to take your work public with the goal of commercial success or prefer to keep your work to share in your small circle, I believe it can only serve you to be xenodochial.
I believe this applies equally well to writers in critique groups, anyone writing book reviews, or those who spend time on social media. This isn’t to say that you should bend and do whatever it takes to agree with everyone and never ruffle feathers… that isn’t realistic. But I do believe that it is possible to be true to yourself, and be authentic in the world, and still be kind.
I’ve been traveling and so I am behind on responding to comments and visiting your blogs. I’ll be there soon. :)
Bonus words for writers: yeah… I’m stumped on X