What can YOU say in six sentences?
For those of you actively writing either for a living or for a future living or even as a passionate hobby, what does this look like in terms of your intimate relationships, those you live with? What does "support" for your writing and other creative endeavors look like for you? What sucks away your creative energy and keeps you from writing? What boulsters you and feeds that ember of creativity burnind within? Tell me... if you were to craft the perfect life-partner to support your need to write, how would they "be" in your life?
In turn, how do you (or would you) be supportive of a highly creative, talented person in your life?
My husband is supportive but doesn't read much of what I write. He prefers to read technical manuals more than fiction, and I am OK with that.
No one knows besides you people, and I prefer to keep it that way. I get most of my support from my wonderful mommy. Negativity keeps me from writing, that and tons of work and pissy people. New friends, that special feeling you get when you realize the endless possibilities life has to offer, and nighttime feed my brain and my soul. My life partner would be the kind of person to walk in on me when I'm stuck on a 6S peice or searching for the perfect word and he would listen to me ramble until he figure out what word I was going for and supply it. What can I say, I'm a simple person. Every time my highly creative and wonderful mommy calls, I listen and commiserate and love her through everything (at least I try). Every time my lovely sisters create something for their boyfriends or something for a class, or just a project, I exclaim and praise. Hope that answers your questions ;)
I am glad this has come around again because I have new issues since the last time. My friends have always known me as a writer or editor -- and many of them worked alongside me at newspapers -- but not as a fiction writer. Now I've come out to them and even sent some of them the url to my blog, but they do not read my stuff.
Only if I copy and paste a short-short story into the body of an email do some of them read and send back a lame comment. I will have to publish a best seller to get their attention. These are busy professional people with families and lots to read every day, so I can't expect much more. Still, it stings a bit.
My husband and I are retired, finding now that we have a lot of different intrests, which has been good for my writing time - though enough similar intrests, that I think I'll keep him!
He encourages my writing, and though not familiar with writing protacol, reads my 'stuff' and gives good feedback and support.
Oddly, Six Sentences keeps me from working more on my unfinished projects - but I have fresh eyes each time I do go back to them, which helps a lot.
Feedback and "helpful criticism" boulsters and encourages me, I feed on it.
I already have the perfect life-partner to support my need to write, he has always supported me in whatever intrest I've had.
To support and encourage anyone, show an intrest in what they are most enthusiastic about, praise them for even the smallest accomplishments in that field, commiserate with them on their set-backs.
I'm afraid I'm on my own on this one. My dear wife tries to humour me, but essentially feels I'm on a fool's errand, as do many of my friends apart from a crazy few.
So I look for support from the likes of you lot, and comments on my website, oh and my crazed enthusiasm.
Not answering your question exactly, but there it is.
i keep it quiet around people I know; it avoids the "Do you have a book" question, and I have only myself to please. No pressure. Among my online (and some offline) friends, I'm easy about it. Depends on the company, I guess. My husband, a mechanical engineer, knows nothing of poetry, he's numbers, Im words. The beauty is, he leaves me alone with it, is pleased for me if I succeed and commiserates when I get rejections. But no pressure. He also puts up with my wonky mood swings and I put up with his annoying even temperedness.
I don't think I could have chosen a better partner for this endeavor.
As to supporting a creative soul in my life, I do all I can to encourage, to aid, to suggest, if asked. Sometimes all it takes is someone saying, 'this is the best I've seen you do. Do it some more". *g*