Who doesn’t like hearing that somebody liked something you wrote? Great feeling, isn’t it? You’ve put all that time and effort into it, and this is the response?
Now look at it from the other side – you read something and really liked it. Did you like it enough to let the writer know?
Go ahead and do that. It doesn’t even have to be somebody you know, or who asked you for a read.
It could be somebody with a script you read after hearing good things about it, or who wrote a book or a movie you really enjoyed.
Since so many creative types have an online presence, it’s becoming easier and easier to drop them a line and tell them what a great job they did.
I’ve done this a few times over the past few weeks. One was a veteran comic book writer, one was the creative team behind a show on Netflix, and another was the writer of a great low-budget horror-comedy. The latter two let me know how much they really appreciated it, while the former never responded, which is also a possibility. I just file it under “one of those things” and move on.
This isn’t saying you need to send a gushing lovefest of an email or tweet; just a few lines telling them you liked it. Probably take you all of a minute or two.
It can’t be stressed enough how much of a positive impact this sort of thing can have on a creator. Maybe they were having a rough day, and then your email or tweet pops up. Mood lifted.
It’s tough enough to succeed as a writer, so getting this little bit of encouragement out of the blue could go a long way in feeling like all the work you put in was worth it.
Even better – being the one who sent it.