Even though in the end writing is a solitary pursuit, most writers don't live the writers life alone. We have critique partners, writing buddies, mentors, writers' groups, e-loops, and publishing professionals that come beside us on the journey. If you belong to a professional organization like the RWA, ACFW, SCBWI, or The Writer's View, you have hundreds of writers to share the path with.
But many authors have another support system. Friends and family in their day to day life that hold them up in prayer, ease the load so the writer can concentrate on writing, and cheer them up and onward.
It's time for some thanks to the support system in my life.
Bigtime husband points to my beloved, who this last week sent me off to write with a hug and a kiss, and who stayed home and did laundry and worked on landscaping. He also brought the kids with him to the movie theatre to meet me after a long day writing. We all watched a movie together, then went to Culvers for supper. He's so cool, and so supportive of my writing. One of the sweetest things he ever said to me was that he never thought in terms of IF I would get published, but always WHEN I got published. He believes in me and does what he can to help me. I'm so blessed.
The girl. What can I say? She's my sounding board, my cheerleader, and plot buddy. She cooks dinner, and does a dozen other chores so I can focus on writing. She's always up for a brainstorming walk when I'm stuck, and comes up with great ideas.
Then there is my little firecracker son. Talk about a trooper. He is willing to go to the library for hours, or the coffee shop, so I can write. He takes books, artwork, puzzles, etc. and sits still. You can't know how difficult this is for him, but he comes through for me. He's excited to hold my book in his hands.
Then there is my SIL. Isn't she beautiful? (Can you tell she and my husband are related?) Linda is also a key member of my support system. In the 'every dark cancerous cloud has a silver lining' world we're living in, Linda is my silver lining. Our trials have brought us closer together, and I couldn't write in this difficult season without her in my life. Thank you, girl!
I am a blessed woman. In addition to my loving family, my church has been amazing, and I have some close friends who support me every single day.
Who is your support staff? Has someone come alongside you to help you on the way?