Suzette at Shooting Stars had a post today about family support with her writing, and it got me thinking about it all day.
Enough to continue the question...
What do your families think about your writing? Does the word "hobby" come into play, or do they take it as seriously as you do? Do you get to treat it as the job you hope it will one day be, or are you scrambling to find writing time amidst the household chaos?
Me personally.... I'm pretty lucky in one respect. My husband supports my writing ambitions. Let me say that again. He supports my writing ambitions. He wants me to succeed...listens to me babble about agents and the publishing business...will read my ms if I ask (beg) and will read my query letters if I ask (bribe) him to. He and my kids think it will be fantastic one day when I get published.
When I get published.
It's that in between part that gets fuzzy. Do you experience that? I have actually managed to find a spot in my house that is quiet, phenomenally enough. The recliner in the living room. No one goes in there, so I get my laptop and commandeer the chair, and I love it. I've spouted the "have to treat this as a job if I ever want it to be" line enough that I know it's out there, but it's amazing how many breaks this job evidently has.
I can clearly get up, I'm not an invalid, so when someone has something they need to:
have me make
have me cook
have me read
have me watch
then it's open season. Because I'm there, in a chair, in our living room. Not punched in somewhere. And not yet published. Funny how just that little sentence makes your writing somehow less important. Or like something that is important to you so they go along, as long as it doesn't interfere with things that are important to them.
What's your experiences with your family/friends/spouse/family pet....because let's face it, they think it's open season too.
I'm listening! Because you know what? You're important. And I think your writing time is precious!