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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Compliment a Writer Today (and Every Day)

I hope you all had a good holiday, and I hope this New Year is a great one for you.

Today, January 24, is National Compliment Day. What a great idea! How many times do you give someone a compliment? I don’t do it often enough. I think most of us are so caught up in our own busy lives that we don’t take time to compliment others.

I don’t mean fake compliments to get favors, or to get someone to like you, but genuine ones. If your waitress has a hair style you like, or you like her nail polish, tell her. If a child does something particularly sweet, compliment him on what a nice thing he did.

If a friend or co-worker is wearing something that makes her look stylish, hip, whatever, tell her. Compliments make you feel as good as the person you’re complimenting. You can diffuse tensions this way too. Imagine you’re having a spirited discussion with a friend or relative. Take a deep breath and ask her if she’s done something different with her hair because it looks very nice. She’ll be so shocked that the tension will dissolve. But be genuine. If her hair doesn’t look nice, maybe you like the jeans she’s wearing, and you can mention them.

This brings me to writers. I’m as guilty as anyone for enjoying a book and not telling the author. What is the ultimate compliment you can give an author after reading, and liking, one of her books? Post a nice review on Amazon and the other sites. Trust me, reviews are very important to authors. We like to know that people enjoy our books. If you meet an author at a conference and you’ve enjoyed her books, tell her, and tell her why you like them. For instance, maybe she writes cowboy romances. Tell her how real and likeable her cowboys are. Or if she writes SEAL romances, tell her how heroic and warm her SEALS are. You’ll have a friend for life.

I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. Why bother? I never keep them. Every January, I set a goal of writing at least 1,000 words a day. I usually go to March before that goal slips away. This year, I kept my goal for one week. I had to put aside the book I’m writing to critique novellas for an anthology I’m in that will be released in April. Once I get away from my stated writing goal, I find it hard to get back, but I will.

Besides writing at least 1,000 words a day this year, I pledge to myself that I will compliment people more, smile more, and be generally more pleasant despite some of the unpleasantness in the world.

Compliment someone today, and every day. And don’t forget us writers.

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Melissa Keir said...

What a fun post! Just compliments... even when we get them, we don't really appreciate them. I give an excuse to push the compliment off me, like I didn't earn it. But we should listen. This is the month of Kindness as well so let's make a change!

Telling an author is a wonderful thing. Even if your review is as simple as I liked it. Or I wish I was with your characters saving the world... it will bring a smile to someone's face!

Thank you Cara for sharing! I'm going to be sure to do some complimenting today!

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Melissa. You bring up a good point. I, too, don't always know how to accept a compliment. Accepting compliments gracefully is as important as giving them.

Judy Baker said...

Cara, loved your post. Thanks for reminding me that I need to be a person that takes a moment to compliment.

vicki batman said...

Wonderful post, Cara. And it should be coupled with be kind every day.

Paris said...

Great post, Cara! I've always had a hard time accepting a compliment but when I really thought about it, that attitude disrespects the person who took the time to say something kind. Thanks for sharing.

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Judy, Vicki, and Paris. I'm going to try harder to give more compliments, and learn how to accept them, too.

Tina Donahue said...

That is a great idea, Cara. Too much negativity and nastiness in the world today.

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Tina, and you are so right.

jean hart stewart said...

This is something I've tried very hard to do...Although sometimes it is hard because I also want to be honest. Better to try, though.

Cara Marsi said...

Thanks, Jean. Even yesterday, I forgot to compliment someone. I need to get better at it.

Janice Seagraves said...

Love the idea.

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