Zabowska's Blog

November 7, 2009

The Importance of Cheerleaders

Filed under: Uncategorized — zabowska @ 7:28 am

  Writers have a lonely life. They write and then they network a bit and then they write
some more. And if they are lucky, they publish. But the life itself requires a lot of solitude
and aloneness.

  There’s nothing wrong with solitude because writing is an activity that doesn’t lend itself
to company with others. Writers write alone and then congregate with others to talk about
their ideas and crafts and if they are really lucky they meet with some really decent and
wonderful people who they could really talk to.

  I have been very lucky in the last six months to meet such writers and I have become
friends with them. Very often, my life as a writer has been quite bland and uninteresting.
But my writer friends make my life not only interesting but also they give it meaning. And
I thank them for that.

  I have one writer friend in particular who is very close to me. She has become not merely
someone who I talk a couple times a week. She is also someone who believes in me and
praises me. And I need that so badly. I think that writers need support like that. They need
to know that there is one or more people out there who really believe in them and who
really honestly wishes the best for the person. What a gift that is for writers.

  So, today as I reflect on the last six months, I feel grateful to have such wonderful friends
in my life. And I also feel immensely blessed to me one very special writing friend. I’m sure
when she reads this blog she will know who I am talking about.

  We all need cheerleaders in our life. And I think that given the solitary life that writers
lead, it is especially important for writers to have cheerleaders.



  1. Hi! Yes, cheerleaders are so important. I know my husband is very proud of me.

    Comment by Terry LYnn Johnson — November 7, 2009 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  2. Sunny,

    Is it amazing that a writer’s true cheerleaders were never part of the person’s life during the formative years, or the beginning years, or even during those years of dreaming. They come when least expected and doubly appreciated because of it.

    There should be a button that the writer could give to a cheerleader so that everyone around would wonder just who their cheering for. Talk about PR. Just saying…


    Comment by claudsy — November 8, 2009 @ 4:32 am | Reply

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