Friday, May 21, 2010

Supporting your Habit

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I don't know what your say is but I just don't know how J.K. Rowlings did the whole single-mom and writing 7 novel bit.  When my hubby is out of town my writing habits go down the drain and my stress levels go up.  I don't get alone time.  By the time my little one is down for the night, I am so exhausted that I crash.  I try focusing my mental energy toward developing plot, scene and character.  Unfortunately, I rarely get to a computer or a notebook so this time is wasted and progress forgotten.

Luckily for most of us, we don't have to do it alone.  We have a spouse that supports our habit(I know that the podcast Writing Excuses has been mentioned various times on our blog; I will be mentioning it yet again.  The reason for this is that it is AWESOME.)  Writing Excuses is very motivating to me as a writer to hear other published authors talking about their struggles and strategies.  They had a podcast at the beginning of the month about Living with the Artist.  The focus was on what is was like to be a spouse of a writer.  Be warned that if you listen to it you will want your spouse to hear it too. 

Whether your spouse is your beta reader, your marketing expert, or your chef and maid while you write... I hope you thank him/her.  Because try as we might we can't be everything to everyone at all times.  We must divide our time.  For me, it is my husband who makes it all possible.  Without him around I have no time to write. 

How does your spouse support your habit?


  1. I loved that episode of Writing Excuses! It made me cry, thinking about what those guest spouses had given up so that someone they love could pursue a dream.

    The sweetest part was when Aprilynne Pike's husband said that the biggest plus for him was to see his wife happy. She's happiest when she's writing, so supporting her in that made him happy too.

  2. Thanks for the post. I always give my husband a big thank you for his support. I warned him when we married, but still not sure he knew what he was in for!



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