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Tuesday Tips: Seeds of Encouragement

Photo: apple, cut open, seeds visible, image by Petra, on Pixabay, modified.

apple, image by Petra, on Pixabay

Seeds of Encouragement 


One way to grow as a writer is to enhance and support the writing community. A “like”

on a post, a share of a post, are actions that take very little time. But they encourage

the writer and help get the piece “out there” to reach those it was written for.


A comment on a post can mean a lot. Maybe you share what you liked best about their

poem/essay/artwork, etc. Or how it made you feel, what it meant to you. Even a quick

thank-you to the author/artist.


But why spend time supporting someone else’s work? Because that’s what community


I wonder why we don’t do it more often. Are we too busy promoting our own work? Too

busy with other things? Just too busy? Maybe it simply hadn’t occurred to us.


I mean, there are critics and reviewers and publishers to do that kind of thing, right?

Why would someone need or want my comment? What difference would it make?

We might not know the difference it makes.


“Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity,” the Bible tells us

in Hebrews 3:13.


Silence is hard criticism to learn from. The way to increase and improve the audience

for poetry—and make it more fun!—is to be part of it. Be the audience you sometimes

wish you had.


It’s like planting a seed. Who knows how far it will spread and who may benefit? There’s

a quote attributed to Robert H. Schuller: “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but

only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” 

Photo: apple orchard, barrels piled high with bright red apples, there's a ladder leaning up against one of the trees and the trees still seem to be filled with apples, image by lumix2004, on Pixabay.

  apple orchard, image by lumix2004, on Pixabay

January 2024

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