With my impending move to Pitts, I’m feeling a bit introspective. While I’m moving toward some exciting adventures, I’m also leaving a lot behind. My family, for one…which is a big ticket item for me, since they’ve always been my biggest supporters. Throughout an entire year of writing my first novel, my kids got used to seeing me as little more than a fixture in the dining room – one going so far as to threaten to start hanging a napkin on my head. The Darling Mr. Price was equally supportive, often taking the kids out so I could create
mayhem brilliance in peace.
The support didn’t stop with my family. Mom and Dad have always been my biggest cheerleaders as well. They encouraged all us kids to be the best “us” we could be, doing whatever made us happy. If we loved what we were doing, then we’d never regard our jobs as the old ball and chain.
I never stopped to consider how valuable that support system was until I talked to several authors who have no support system. They write in secret or have to sneak it in when their families are at school and work. There is no one to share the insanity of being a slave to a story that’s burning in their heart, or to bounce ideas off of. I can’t imagine a lonelier fate.
We aren’t islands, and we need the benefit of someone who will clap uproariously at our attempts at creativity and support our innate need to spin something fabulous out of thin air. Take a look at any book…you’ll see the author’s Acknowledgement page filled with thanks to people who helped the author fulfill their dream.
Moving away from everything I’ve known for the past 33 years is a lot like writing a new book. It’s entering a state of the unknown, and I have no idea if I’ll succeed or curl up and spontaneously combust under the weight of missing my family and my parents. But I can always bathe in the luxury that no matter how far away they are, they always have my back.
And that’s what it’s all about, right? Knowing that no matter how much the day’s writing may suck, there’s someone who gives you the incentive to dust yourself off and begin anew.
How about you? Do you have a support system, and how have they gotten you through the rough patches of character development, pacing, plot structure, voice…and all the other writerly nightmares that invade our dreams?