There is nothing worse than a ball hog. You know, that player on your kid’s ball team that thinks all points scored must go through them. The kid that thinks they can win the game alone.
Sometimes I just want to stand up and shout, “TEAM FOUL!”
There may be a few times when they can, but inevitably they run into times when they can’t be a one kid show.
Writing is much the same way. No, I’m not coming over to your house to help you write your book…sorry. I’m talking about the team of writers around you that support you on your journey.
Even though we write our stories in isolation at times, we will always need someone else to lift us up, hold us accountable, challenge us to excellence and be a writing craft buddy.
It is amazing how easy it is to forget that and sometimes the bridges we burn in being a one writer show are not easily rebuilt.
How can you build your writing team skills?
*Follow the Biblical principal of putting others before yourself.
*Pray for each other each day.
*Be willing to listen to truth, even when it hurts.
*Be willing to speak the truth with kindness.
*ALWAYS have each other’s back.
*All criticism of your close writing team should be given in private, not on the public stage.
*Practice being a better listener.
*Encourage each other by sharing more positives than negatives.
*Maintain a teachable spirit so you will continue to grow.
*Remember you don’t always have to be the expert. Others with less experience than yourself may be strong in different areas than you.
*Never pull a team member down to lift yourself up.
*Rejoice with those that rejoice and weep with those who weep.
*Continue to study the writing craft. If everyone strengthens in different areas, the team will be stronger as a whole.
What are some tips you’ve learned to build team skills in writing or other areas of life?