Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lotta Love

I didn't mention it earlier, but a few days ago, my husband and I celebrated our 30 year anniversary. That's a long time, over half of my life.  Like any marriage, it's been pure joy and hard work depending on the day. But we're hanging in there, stronger than ever.  It takes lots of love, compromising and shared dreams for two people to live and thrive together for so many years.

I'm trying for the next few months to approach my writing career with the same amount of commitment I've given to my marriage.  Well, nearly as much.  I love being a writer and I intend to work hard at it. 

When a married couple have children, it places extra stress on their relationship.  Suddenly there is important people who steal away the time the couple used to spend on each other.  Some marriages don't deal well with the added demands though some thrive.  The husband and wife have to make time for each other and not let their relationship take last place. 

For these summer months, I'm not going to let my writing take last place to everything else.  It's important.  I love it and it will get its share of my attention.

Married couples invest as they grow together, a house, cars, their kids' educations.  I'm going to invest in my writing.  Small amounts compared to the house, but there are some costs to the plans I have for the summer.

What have you invested in your writing career? Are you committed to becoming the best writer you can be?  

16 comments:

  1. I certainly like to think I'm committed to becoming the best writer I can be. The amount of time I spend on Twitter and Facebook probably like to beg to differ though...

    Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Well done on thirty years,Susan have a very Happy Anniversary!

    Best wishes to your husband too. I'm very lucky as my husband is investing in my writing career too by allowing me to stay at hope to write. Of course he knows he gets to reap the reward i.e. our luxury crime weekend in Harrogate next month after I won the crime writing competition

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  3. Well, congrats on the 30 years!

    As for my writing, I spend at least a 1000 words or more on it. I've got a couple of how to books to read as well. This summer I want to learn how to format my stuff before loading it into Kindle. I've also got some short stories to finish and a novella.

    So that's the summer plan.

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  4. Congratulations! And I'm working on being a better writer.

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  5. Good for you. I look forward to reading about your journey of putting the writing first, this summer.

    Hopefully, you'll make it a good strong pattern that will continue.

    Remember, screw the lawn and the dishes. Writing needs done.

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  6. And a big congrats on 30 years :-)

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  7. I so love this post - so much wisdom here, Susan. I feel as if I committed to my writing, but since it's not happening right now, something's gone awry and I'm not sure what. Wish you the best of everything as you place your writing first.
    Karen

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  8. Happy Anniversary! 30 years is a wonderful milestone.

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  9. a very happy anniversary to you both!!! no i am not committed--but have been to my blog lately!

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  10. Congratulations!! As a writer, I think I'm going to have a very productive summer - just need to tweak the schedule a little. And maybe a Do Not Disturb sign on my door to fully communicate when I'm in writing mode.

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  11. Congrats! 30 years is outstanding. I have schedule a large chunk of time beginning in July that are just for writing. - All parties have been notified.:)

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  12. Congratulations on 30 years together!

    I'd like to say I'm invested in my writing. I have been working full tilt on learning to be the best I can be.

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  13. Happy 30th! It's a little scary when you pass that mark - being married longer than not being married. But it's also extremely satisfying.
    I'm taking the same approach to my writing. If I don't put any drive into it, how can it gain any momentum?

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  14. Congrats on 30 years! We just passed 21.

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