Kith & Kin - A-Z Challenge, Starting & Sustaining A Writing Career

Monday, April 13, 2015

As all writers know, practising this craft can be lonely in the extreme. Some of us lack support by way of a face-to-face group setting, which is why we connect so well on the internet. We share a common experience that is made less solitary with the knowledge that there are other people the world over going through the same situations.

Family support is also important to a writer's success. Those of us who parent small children have a lot less time to practice our art. However, many of us have understanding spouses who support our dreams and give us the time and space to pursue same.

Scribes with family members who don't understand the compulsion to write can get to a mental place where they are ready to give up. The lack of support and the ability to find time to write is enough to sap anyone's creativity. That is where having an external support system comes in handy.

For those of us who have the approval of our families, it is a precious gift worth cherishing. Being part of a family is one of the most important roles we play in our lives and this should be held dear. The happy writer is a productive writer and a productive writer is much easier to be around. Smart partners make allowances for creativity, knowing that fulfilment is part of the joy of living.

I sustain myself with the love of family.   
                                                                 – Maya Angelou


  1. My family is supportive...most of the time..., although if you ask them, they'd say they are VERY supportive, and they are. They check on me when I'm writing every couple of minutes. ;)

  2. Productive writers are happier! I'm blessed my wife supports me.

  3. That's a great quote from Maya Angelou. She's going to be on a stamp very soon!

  4. In the end family is what you cherish the most. Maya always gets it right.

  5. My family always supported my writing but they don't understand how I need to spend time on blogging also as part of that. Major interruptions when they think I'm just playing on social media.

  6. My family is pretty supported and my in-laws are always asking. I'm not always willing to talk about what I'm writing with them though.

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  7. Family is foundational. I thank God regularly, daily, for mine. Thanks for all your inspiration. Maria@Delight Directed Living

  8. Thankfully I have a family who is very supportive of my writing! Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge! Aidyl@Noveltea

  9. I agree. To have no support in the writing field is, indeed, even lonelier than ever.

    Elizabeth Mueller
    AtoZ 2015
    My Little Pony

  10. I'm single so don't have to answer to anyone or be tolerated by - I kinda like it that way ;) But I'm very happy for those who have families that are supportive! Not so happy for those who struggle in that area :(

  11. It's so true that support and understanding from your family is so important! I don't know what I would do if my husband wasn't so supportive of me taking time to myself to write. He'll take the kids out to do something and give me time to myself. He's so amazing!

  12. Family are so very, very important - I could not do this writing lark without my husband's support or my sister's. They are my lifelines.
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

  13. My husband is supportive of me as long as I don't do it all day! Ha Ha!

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  15. Hi Joy.
    A timely post.
    Yes, a supportive family is indeed the backbone of a blogger/writer.
    As Alex said My wife too is very supportive! even after neglecting many household chores she never grumble
    Thanks Joy for sharing this



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