This Little, Blinding Light of Mine

As if I’m not crazy enough–I go and post an idea on Facebook that blows up my feed. 🙂 I was thinking, what if an experienced, Storymaker attendee mentored someone new over the next few months?

Because, you see, with all the new faces joining the Storymaker Tribe FB page, I can’t stand the thought of someone feeling alone.

I didn’t really think it through, though. I just typed up the post, threw it down, and watched my feed and notifications sky rocket.
Okay, so they like the idea. That’s good.

And I can’t explain why I feel like it’s my personal job to make sure everyone has a friend. But I do. It’s weird. I know!

I’ve kinda always been florescent light bulb, and I’m going to apologize to everyone, right now, for my constant strobing and flickering and blinding personality. Sorry.

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It’s just that I have a soft spot for those who feel like they’re on the fringes of outer darkness.

Me: Don’t worry! Let me shine some light on you!

As if everyone needs that kind of wattage.

This post is designed specifically for the Mentors and Mentees I’ve created by introducing the mentoring idea. It’s a simple what-to-expect if you’re mentoring or being mentored. Here goes.

Mentors and Mentees

Over the next three months, mentors will hopefully take on someone and share the light they have. And mentees, you bask in it, okay? Let’s prepare for #storymakers18!

MENTEES, please know this:

You’re mentor isn’t necessarily a professional. We’re all volunteers, here.
You mentor is not your editor, critique partner, or eternal companion.

Also, they may not write in your genre.

They may not even be published.
Now. Smile. Take a Deep breath. It’s gonna be great!

A mentor is responsible for HELPING and ENCOURAGING and BEING THERE for you. Here are something things they might/can do for you, and might I add–you can reciprocate by sharing happy memes and gifs of your own?

  1. They’ll check in. Not daily, but 3-4x a week to see how you’re doing.
  2. Hold you accountable to your goals.
  3. Send encouragement.
  4. Ask you questions.
  5. Send gifs.
  6. Read SOME of your material—just bits. Not a whole MS. Help with an opening line, a paragraph, etc.
  7. Look at your query. Be supportive of you.
  8. If you’re pitching, they’ll coach where you can.
  9. Provide resources if they’ve got them.
  10. Send more encouragement.
  11. They’ll ask: Can I help you with something today?
  12. Brainstorm ideas with you.
  13. Share funny, inspiring, exceptional writing quotes.
  14. Send you memes. ♥

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MENTORS, will you please:

  1. Check in with your mentee—lots. Not daily, but 3-4x a week to see how they’re doing.
  2. Hold them accountable to their goals.
  3. Send encouragement.
  4. Ask questions.
  5. Gifs welcome.
  6. Read their material—just bits. Not a whole MS. Help with an opening line, a paragraph, etc.
  7. Look at their query. Be supportive.
  8. If they’re pitching, coach where you can.
  9. Provide resources if you’ve got them. If you don’t, look some up!
  10. And then share those websites with them.
  11. Gifs welcome!!!
  12. Send more encouragement.
  13. Ask: Can I help you with something today?
  14. Brainstorm ideas.
  15. Share funny, inspiring, exceptional writing quotes.
  16. Memes wanted!
  17. If you lack the knowledge, just say so and ask another mentor or someone you know that has the specific skills or knowledge you’re needing for help, and then pass that info along.

    ♥♥♥ And that’s it.

I will forever be indebted and grateful to my mentor, and since I can’t figure out a way to pay her back, I’m trying to pay it forward by helping others along their writing journey.

Seriously! She deserves all the good things for helping me channel my scattered sunshine, like this sweet kiss from Chris Pine. Thank you, Lisa. Also, you’re welcome. *CHRIS PINE!*

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And if I blind you, ask me for some sunglasses. I’ve got extra for just this reason.

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