Dear Significant Other



I address this Monday Blog Post to the significant others in the writing world. You know who you are—the provider of copious amounts of caffeinated products, tissues to wipe away tears, the one who deals with the hardships of the real world while your writer partner pounds out yet another story.

Those of you who have a writer partner that must, absolutely must, work what we disgustingly call a day job, there are moments—quite a few moments—where you will wonder if it is all worth it.

For those who must suffer through the day after day, hour upon hour, and minute by minute exaltations of “I’m almost done.” We truly understand your frustrations, we have heard every exhortation of “Please help with the children.” We didn’t mean to miss dinner with your parents for the millionth time, but…

We have to finish this plot point. It’s absolutely vital to completing our masterpiece.

This character is weak. I’m redeveloping and can’t stop.

The scene stinks. Needs more description… more description… more description.

I’m well aware your parents are on the way to the restaurant, but I can’t stop now. I’m on a roll.

These and many other excuses dominate the world of the author. We can’t stop. The stories are pouring out of our head. Stopping will create a partner who is nothing but a dull eyed, monumentally boring companion who will mumble story points under their breath while scribbling scenes on a napkin at the restaurant.

Or we’ll sit straight in a chair at whatever child oriented event you’ve dragged us to. Our minds will be on how can we use that kid out of step with the others in our book. Those sweet looking girls on one end might make a side story, if we can figure out a way to create a situation for them. A couple of boys in the back look like they’re ready to pull pigtails or dump a bucket of water on the teacher.

So, dear significant other, while you tap a foot outside our work area, please understand this…

We can’t help ourselves. The story is bigger than food. The tale we’re crafting is far more important than dinner with your parents. Our children will understand when Mommy or Daddy is famous one day—we can’t ignore the story!


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