When Your Family Doesn’t Support Your Writing
I meant to reblog this last month and time once again got away from me. But this topic is a thorn in many writers’ lives. It has been mentioned over and over in threads I’ve started on LinkedIn, as it is here, along with the question of when to call yourself a writer or an author. We each handle our journey in our own way. But we must remember, it is our journey only! Those friends who break your heart by having no interest in your passion will slowly have less time and impact in your life, not because they leave, but because you lose patience with their me-me-me attitude. Some of them are genuine enough that they’re afraid they won’t like your writing and that might injure your friendship so they ignore the elephant in the room foolishly, instead of expressing their feelings. Writers: Do yourselves a favor: learn to grow a thick skin, and look at all the reasons why someone bashes your work or devotion to your passion. A small paradigm shift on your side helps to smooth things on their side. Never give up unless it’s your choice, and try your best to avoid one-sided relationships. It can’t be all about them, nor can it be all about you! Keep Calm and Write On!
Excuse me if this post gets a little rant-ish. Maybe you’ll relate to this, maybe you won’t. Maybe your family and friends are your personal cheerleaders. Or maybe your family told you to stop playing with your imaginary friends and get a job. Or maybe your family is like mine and happily supported you back when everyone thought you’d make it big, land a million-dollar publishing contract, and get a movie deal, but fell out of love with your writing once they realized that wasn’t going to happen.
Lack of support. This is a very painful topic, but it’s one I think it’s important to discuss. Writing is largely a solitary endeavor, often undertaken by introverts. But even though we’re introverts and we’ve decided to travel the often lonely path of the writer, we’re still human beings. We crave love, acceptance, and acknowledgement. We crave community, and who better to…
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