Do Authors Need A Support System?

by | September 28, 2014 | General | 7 comments

Elizabeth Black writes in a wide variety of genres including erotica,
erotic romance, and dark fiction. She lives on the Massachusetts coast with her
husband, son, and four cats. Visit her
web site, her Facebook page, and her Amazon Author Page.


Writing is essentially a solitary activity. We are alone
with our thoughts. We research in solitude. The act of writing itself is done
alone, even if you collaborate with another author. Writing is also a very
stressful field to get into. Competition is fierce and rejections are a part of
the game. Some days a writer is on top of the world, and other days that same
writer is ready to toss the entire business across the room onto a wall and
watch it go “splat”.

There is a glut of erotica and romance out there now with
everyone and her aunt self-publishing. Kindle Unlimited also figures into the
problems since writers aren’t paid unless the reader reads a certain percentage
of a book. Because of the glut, there are piss poor books out there with the
cream of the crop. The problem is finding the cream. Many writers have seen
their earnings drop over the past few quarters.

Since writing is such a difficult field to get wrapped up
in, would it help to have a support system so that you don’t end up thinking
writing is nothing more than a soul-crushing fool’s errand? I think having a
support system does help a great deal, and it’s vitally necessary to keep a
writer plunging forward.

I’m fortunate in that I have a very supportive family. My
husband is my biggest cheerleader and my 25 year old son also supports me,
although he is much quieter about it. He told his friends I write “naughty
words” with a smile on his face. While I got my start writing erotic
fiction, I also write dark fiction, horror, and fantasy. My family supports me
all the way.

My parents and sister? Not so much. They really aren’t
interested. They never ask how my writing is going. That hurts quite a bit but
I’ve accepted it. However, if I didn’t have my husband and son’s support, I
don’t know what I’d do. I’d probably have given up a long time ago.

I also get support from the writers group I’m in. We meet
every Wednesday. Not only do I get critiques, I get friendship and moral
support. That all of us have writing in common is icing on the cake. I also
have friends who support me. They’re online because we live far from each
other, but the support is there.

I think writers need a support system. I can vent about the
business whenever I like and not told all I do is whine. I can write some
pretty smutty stuff without my support system going all Church Lady on me. I
can also write some pretty gruesome stuff without anyone clutching pearls and
dropping in a dead faint. The drive to write is so strong I pick myself up
after a pitfall, with the help of others.

What about you? Do you have a support system and how well
does it function for you?

Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black's erotic fiction has been published by Cleis Press, Xcite Books, Scarlet Magazine, Circlet Press, and others. She also writes dark fiction and horror as E. A. Black. She lives in Massachusetts next to the ocean with her husband, son, and three cats. The beach calls to her and she listens.


  1. Lisabet Sarai

    All of you at ERWA are my support group!

    Thanks, Elizabeth, and everyone!

  2. Elizabeth Black

    ERWA is a great support group. I agree. You're very welcome, Lisabet.

  3. Sheri Savill

    "Because of the glut, there are piss poor books out there with the cream of the crop. The problem is finding the cream." Exactly. Glut, crap, lowest common denominator thinking … and it's getting worse by the minute, and I'm thinking it's going to implode sooner rather than later. The "adult tag" thing certainly isn't helping. And if you're newer and trying something a little "different," well, you can pretty much fuggedaboudit. 😉 Enjoyed the article!

  4. Elizabeth Black

    Thanks for the comment, Sheri. Yes, the newer writers are getting lost amid all the books out there. I've had my problems with that "Adult" label, but I did manage to get it removed from one of my books. From what I understand, one reason sales are down for many writers is because of the glut of books out there. You get lost.

  5. Jean Roberta

    How bizarre. I wonder how the multiple ads from Mumbai Escorts/Call Girls got into this thread.

    • Lisabet Sarai

      Spam. I'm surprised that Blogger didn't catch them, though.

  6. Jessie Russell

    Everyone in any field needs a support system. However with the ambition to achieve greatness being of a higher level of thought the support system evolves through contacts of that level

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