Friday, November 4, 2016

On Writing and the Cheering Crowds

You may have noticed that I'm a big fan of Stephen King, both as a writer of horror (among other things), and as a teacher of writing. He's earned every good thing he has, but there is one element in his life that's made all the difference.

If you have ever read his book On Writing (and if you haven't, please stop what you are doing and pick up a copy now), he talks about his wife, Tabitha King, a lot. One story he tells about their relationship takes place early in their married life. They're poor: she works at a coffee shop and takes care of the kids while he teaches high school and works other jobs nights and school holidays. One day, he gets an offer to take over as faculty advisor at the school paper. The good news is that it includes a huge (for them) pay raise. The bad news is that it would take up all of his writing time.

He tells Tabitha that for her sake, he'll take the job. She tells him to shut up and keep writing.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Writing, as you may have discovered, is no way to get rich quick. She saw past the circumstances in the moment. She knew that he'd be dying by degrees behind his newspaper office desk. We know how it turns out. But there were no guarantees. She knew that, and backed him up anyway.

Think about what you could do if you had a fierce truth-teller like Tabitha King watching your back. If you don't have someone like that in your life, you have to be your own cheerleader. If you have a creative person in your life, what honest feedback can you give to keep them going?

In the name of logistics, I'll be updating up my NaNoWriMo word count and regaling you with my adventures once a week here. Want to follow my progress on my NaNoWriMo page? Join me here.
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