5 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Creative ventures are a brave and inspiring thing to witness, even to people without artistic inclinations. We like to romanticize the mind that sees connections and colors, themes and theories, solutions and stories – but general admiration doesn’t fully cover the everyday needs of a creative soul.

5 Ways to Support Your Creative Friends

Today I’m sharing some practical ways you can support your creative friends based on what I’ve found received from the wonderful people who’ve helped and encouraged me, and from being a supporter of fellow creatives myself.

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Quote of the Day – Barnaby Brown and the Glass Sea

Susannah crumpled at Barnaby’s feet and clutched his knee.

“I know I always give you a hard time and have pretty much been the worst sister ever, but you know I love you, right?”

Barnaby frowned.

“What’s wrong with you? Are you sick?”

–Barnaby Brown and the Glass Sea by E. B. Dawson
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Quote of the Day – This Pain Inside

“Please let this work,” she prayed, as she did with every trial. About a year ago, she’d realized that God didn’t seem to be listening to her, but that didn’t matter. She’d keep praying until he did.

–This Pain Inside by Hannah Heath

The Beginner’s Guide to Reading Indie

I hope you’re in the mood to read, because it’s #IndieApril season! Yes, I see that tippy tower of books you were planning to tackle in the near future, but there’s always room for more books, am I right?

The Beginner's Guide to Reading Indie

#IndieApril is all about promoting independent authors. These trailblazers go above and beyond the already challenging task of penning a novel—they also take on the full responsibility of editing, formatting, packaging, marketing, and all that other behind-the-scenes business stuff that goes into a glamorous modern writing career. Impressive, no?

Places like Etsy and Kickstarter have gotten us acclimated to accepting creators who make their own path toward success. The world is catching on that the future is highly independent, and support for solo ventures and small businesses is on the rise.

Feeling ready to dive in and try reading something less traditional? Here are a few tips to guide you on your quest to discover excellent indie books.

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Book Review – Where the Woods Grow Wild

Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate PhilbrickGoing into the woods the first time was a mistake. A mistake for which Martin paid dearly. Going into the woods the second time was an accident. Separated from his best friend, Martin ventures deeper into forbidden territory to find help before Elodie before she meets the same fate he did.

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Quote of the Day – Sounds of Deceit

Some people thought that camouflage meant blending into the surroundings, but they were wrong. Camouflage was misdirection: A visual lie. And very few people could tell a lie as well as she.

–Sounds of Deceit by Hannah Heath
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Quote of the Day – Backpack Boy

Sharks in the water poke out their fins as they swim in hungry circles. The boy has read books about sharks; he knows they like to eat sandwiches the best, so he isn’t afraid of them.

–Backpack Boy by Nate Philbrick

Show & Tell – April Reading

Between #MGCarousel’s book bingo and binging on #IndieApril reads, I packed in a lot of pages during April. An accomplishment, considering I also managed to write 30,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo (yay!). Oh, and I’ve been plugging away at #36daysoftype on Instagram. It’s been a wild month.

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