Writers! Are you serious about writing? You’ll know for sure after you read this short excerpt from James N. Frey’s How to Write a Damn Good Novel II.
One woman complained that she didn’t have time to write.
I suggested she quit her job.
She smiled sheepishly and said she couldn’t do that. They had a big mortgage and her husband liked to travel, so they were making payments on a Winnebago. Her husband would kill her, she said, if she quit her job.
I said she should get another husband.
She blinked with astonishment. She said I was kidding, of course.
I was not kidding, I said. There are a lot of husbands out there—find one who will support your writing.
She walked away, muttering that I was a lunatic.
I may be, but that doesn’t change the facts. You can’t become a writer if you surround yourself with no-sayers. And if your spouse or live-in lover or roommate is not supporting you, you will have to change either their minds or your living arrangements.
Your ship won’t make much headway dragging an anchor.