Periodically, I get people asking if I’ll mentor them. I don’t, because my schedule is tight enough that I don’t feel like I can take on another job and do it justice. But I know that there are people who do and it occurred to me that I could just ask y’all if you’re one of those writers who is willing to be a mentor.
Mentoring is really important, not just in writing, but in all walks of life. Every great individual has had a mentor: Steve Jobs had Robert Friedland, Bill Gates had Ed Roberts, Kanye West had Jay-Z, the list goes on. Even big businesses are beginning to realise the importance of mentorship when it comes to employee progression and development. In fact, a lot of companies adopt a mentoring software platform to encourage the idea of mentoring within the workplace. I can’t stress enough just how useful mentoring can be for people. It’s not that I don’t understand the importance of being a mentor, I just do not think that I could do the role justice with my busy schedule, and it would be unfair on the people that are seeking my help. That’s why I thought I’d ask some of you if you are interested in mentoring a young writer.
(And I should say that I think that this is a service and that mentors should be compensated for their time. That might be a barter thing, but no one should feel entitled to instruction for free.)
Anyway, if you have acted as a mentor and are open to new mentees, here’s a thread where you can hang out your shingle. Tell folks, who you are, what your specialty is (ie SF novels, fantasy short stories, structure, etc, and a link to more information.