Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Support Group

All of us need a support group, whether it's blogging friends, family, spouse, or your characters.  Without their voices to help us out of the hard times we might not make it through. 

My husband is wonderfully supportive.  He provides technical support (which I desperately need) and has never complained about the time I spend writing, even though, so far, it hasn't produced any income. 

My mom is another huge support.  She reads everything I write, gives great suggestions, checks for grammar and always asks for more.  Who could stop writing when you've got someone so anxious to find out what happens?

All my family has been supportive.  They even claim to believe I'll make it someday.

I also have my blogging friends and my writers group over at CompuServe.

I'm pretty lucky in this way.  I know people who write despite criticism from those that are closest to them and I'm so grateful that I have such an understanding family. 

Who is your support group?

34 comments:

  1. I'm lucky, too, that my hubby is supportive, as are my kids. His mother rocks too. My parents suck in the support department, so I've learned not to take about it to them. I could be a bestselling author, and I still wouldn't tell them I'm published.

    And of course I can't forget all my friends, especially my blogging friends. They are the best.

    Could you imagine what it must be like for those poor souls without such support?

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  2. Totally agree that support groups can be so important. I don't know where I'd be without the support from the writing community. And those of you have have support from your spouses and family, I hope you realize how lucky you are.

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  3. Support is essential to writing.

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  4. Having a support group is so important in life in general. I have a great CP and am starting a new bigger group too. And my husband and daughter have always been supportive of the time I spend writing and blogging. And of course, my blogger friends have been wonderful too.

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  5. My brother and sister-in-law have become the rocks of my support group. I can't imagine it's easy for them, but bless them for being there.

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  6. The blogging community is like one big giant massive support group, and though I had to take off for a little bit, everyone was totally understanding. I'm glad to be a part of this! :)

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    1. We all understand needing time, and that people have lives outside of writing. Still, it's nice to know people won't forget us and will welcome us back.

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  7. I, too, have a super supportive husband, who encourages me to write. I have also been blessed to join or start up writers groups in the various areas of PA that I have lived. God uses each member to inspire and cheer me on.
    Blessings!
    Pam

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    1. So glad you've found so much support.

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  8. My support group is Shawn, Belinda, Sandra, Adrienne, Lorena, Maggie, Steve, Howard, Lynda, J, Stephanie and my cutman -- Dad.

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  9. Support. So key. You have some seriously great cheer-ers.

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  10. I am so grateful for the writer friends who understand and support my journey-- it sustains me.

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  11. It sounds like you have a fantastic support system. That's what I like most about blogging and Twitter - the support you get from others and the support you can give back.

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  12. You have some serious cheerleaders by your side. :)
    My support group consist mostly of blogging and writing friends plus my husband.

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    1. I do have a wonderful support group. It sounds like you have a great one too!

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  13. I have support groups identical to yours. They too believe I will make it to the elusive land of publication. Gotta love them for that.

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  14. My wife is very supportive of me wanting to write and encourages me all the time...even though she never reads my stuff because she doesn't like to read....lol.

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    1. Hubby hasn't read any of mine either but I acn always talk through plot points or character arcs with him so he knows the general idea of it.

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  15. Like you, I have both digital and in-person support groups. They're great, and I hope I give back to them as much as they give to me! :)

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  16. So very true that a supportive group of just the right people can elevate the quality of your life and the potential of who you can be. Nicely done.

    Thanks for a delightful read.

    Cheers from a fellow A to Z Challenger.

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    1. I like how you said that. Elevate the quality of your life and the potential of who you can be. I know my support group has done that for me.

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  17. There really is no substitute for a supportive family and network of friends.

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  18. My husband is supportive. I don't think he really "gets" my love for YA or the stories I write but he supports me anyway. Some of my family thinks its cool and some change the subject if I mention anything writerly. I'm getting a pretty good online support network though. Support is so important. Simply Sarah

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  19. I agree, being supportive is a blessing, no matter how you look at it.

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  20. You are so right Sara, support from family and friends is VERY important. It keeps a positive anchor in our lives.

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  21. Support is so important. I have days when I get discouraged and don't think I can go any further. I want to throw my computer across the room. Or if I have to send one more Tweet! :) My support group is my husband, my mom, and my writing group. Also my friends are so supportive.

    Great post and reminder to thank those who support us. My husband also never says anything about the time I spend writing.

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Rebekah
    http://rkgtheauthor.com

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    1. I'm glad you have a great support group. There is a lot of discouragement with writing and it's nice to have people who will talk us off the ledge.

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  22. I have a wonderful support group too. My husband is super; my mother is still amazed that Norah Roberts gets paid more than me (yes, Mom is a little delusional!), fabulous readers, and wonderful writer friends who keep my head above water.

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