Everyone has expertise in one area or another. Writers like Bonnie Calhoun are crackerjack bloggers, while others can teach you about writing in a specific genre. Even with the Internet, conferences, blogs, and craft books, sometimes you need to get clarification from a real, live person.
When I'm stuck, I first ask the Lord to help me connect with someone, who can unscramble my brain. While at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, Linda Evans Shepherd, co-author of the Potluck Club series, sat down at our table for lunch. Her stories about interviews and speaking engagements gave us a thumbnail sketch of what it's like and how to conduct ourselves. She then asked us about our writing. The suggestions she made became a machete, cutting through the writing rain forest.
Each of us can be a mini-mentor for another writer. Perhaps you're a veteran writer with multiple books on the bestseller list. Your articles and your Q and A session in a workshop can cut through a newbie's confusion about Point of View or other subjects.
Perhaps you have an agent, but haven't been published yet. Many of us are still looking for representation. Your insider information can give us direction on how to approach an agent.
No matter what stage you're at in your writing ministry/career, you have something to offer. Mini-mentoring can be as simple as being a critique partner or giving someone an encouraging word after a painful rejection.
To all my faithful writer friends, who offer a hand in scaling this publishing mountain, thank you!
Questions for You: Have you experienced the blessing of a mini-mentor? Can you share how it impacted your writing and determination to persevere?