A few months ago, I stumbled across an Instagram post mentioning “hope*writers.” Following the link, I found a website and a series of podcasts aimed at helping writers of all kinds — book, blog, personal journal — who write with the hope of helping others find hope. And usually (but not always) from a Christian perspective.
I thought, “These are my people!”
It’s led by two published sisters, their dad (who had his first book published in his early 60’s!), and their tech/video/marketing guru. Here’s how it started; they say…
“For years we’ve had a built-in support system where sister asks sister, daughter asks dad, and dad asks daughter. And when none of us knows what to do? We ask our favorite tech guy, Brian.”
Then they decided to open up their circle to others, and hope*writers was born.
One of the things I love most about hope*writers is that they’re not all “Here’s how we were mega-successful; just do it like us and you’ll be mega-successful, too!” They’re all about finding what works for you, your family, your life, your personality, your goals.
For example, my favorite podcast of theirs (so far) is titled, “What’s on your DON’T list?”, and it’s about the fact that you can’t do everything well. If you’re going to make a few things a priority — say, writing and family — then you’re going to have to say “no” to some things — some of which may also be good things, just not the best thing for you right now. And they talk candidly about the things they say no to, and how they arrived at those decisions. (Link to podcasts below.)
If you’re a writer — or want to be — I encourage you to check out hope*writers! Anyone can listen to all their podcasts for free, but members also get access to the hope*writers website blog, which has tons of helpful articles about all aspects of writing and self-promotion as well as video interviews with other writers and creatives. Membership also gets you into the private Facebook group, which is a thriving community that provides encouragement, support, and a sounding board for each other. This is an example of the kind of honesty and encouragement that’s consistently posted there:
The team also posts Facebook Live videos about once a week, featuring how-to’s or encouragement.
I joined a few months ago, and I’ve found it to be totally worth the monthly fee! (I had joined a different Christian writers group a year before, at $25 a month, and I’ve found HW to be way more beneficial.)
They open membership sign-up for a few weeks, every so often, with a “One week for one dollar” special, which is great way to try it out.
P.S. I’m an affiliate, but I really, truly love hope*writers! If you sign up using the bold link above, I’ll get a little credit from them for sharing this great resource. Win-win! 🙂