Monday, April 9, 2012

H: Husbands

I feel very lucky to have such a supportive husband when it comes to my writing. I finished my first novel in 2001 and he never really said much about my pursuit to be published. At least not until a literary agent requested I send her the first three chapters of my manuscript soon after.

I think it was at that point that he realized how serious I was about it and that I might just be good at it. From then on, he's been very supportive and has even helped with some of the technical details that he's had experience with. However, only recently did I realize that I had his full support. When I showed him the full page newspaper article, that included my book cover, about an Author's Fair I was attending, his response was, "This is a pretty big thing." I love my husband.

A month or so ago, I asked some of my fellow authors from Secret Cravings Publishing how their husband's supported them in their writing and have included some of the answers below.

Dawne M. Porchilo - "My current husband has always been very supportive of my writing. Now, granted some days, even his patience wears thin when I work 24/7, but we work through it. He jokes (at least, I think he is joking) that he is my PA. He drives me to all the writing conferences, is the first line editor of my work and encourages me at every turn.He actually will sit down with me, go over a scene and tell me what is wrong with it and help me reconfigure the structure and meaning.I'm not sure where I would be at in my career without his outstanding support."

Kimberly Gonzalez - "My husbands supports me, but it took me a while to see it. He's not a
big reader, but he's very practical. I stopped giving him my fiction to read because he isn't enthusiastic about reading it. But for Mother's Day a couple years ago, he bought me a very nice netbook that I can use just for my writing. He'll never be an enthusiastic reader or much of a cheerleader when it comes to praising my work -- but he always supports me in concrete, practical ways."

Catherine Greenfeder - "However, he is supportive of me in the following ways: he will read my books after they're published and tells me they're very good, he told everyone he knows that I have a book getting published, he might help do the laundry or cook a barbecue dinner when I'm pressed for writing or editing time, and he doesn't seem to mind those times when we do take-out dinners."

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  1. WONDERFUL post for the H challenge today. I, too, have a wonderful, supportive husband. Like most, his realization that this writing business wasn't just some pipe dream, well, it came slow and hard. But he's totally on board now, gives me the time I need to work my craft, and lends an ear when I need it most.

  2. I'm really enjoying your blog! New follower here. I’m enjoying reading my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.