The writing journey is hard on writers. Can I get an “AMEN!”? Pressure…hard work…did I mention pressure?
But being married to a writer can also be stressful. With that in mind, I present to you the Top 10 Ways to tell if a Writer’s Spouse is needing Attention:
#10: They’re making prank phone calls just so they can have someone real to talk to. And if the person is normal, that’s a bonus.
# 9: They come to a book signing just so they can have some face-to-face time with their writer spouse. And they keep getting in line because they’ve “got a lot on their mind.”
# 8: They walk around the house naked just to see if their spouse will notice.
# 7: They get in trouble with the IRS because they tried to claim the characters of their spouse’s current writing project as dependents since “they’re sooooooooo important!”
# 6: They picket their spouse’s writers group meeting and chant, “Watch more TV! Watch more TV!”
# 5: They call the county courthouse and offer to “Track Change” their marriage license.
# 4: They have a shirt made that says, I got your inciting incident right here!
# 3: They refer to their children as “precious consequences of writer’s block.”
# 2: After planning the family vacation, they dance around the house and giggle profusely because they managed to find a spot in the desert that is hundreds of miles from a Barnes & Noble or a Starbucks.
# 1: They call 9-1-1 and claim that an unfinished manuscript is holding their spouse hostage, and add, “the office is in the apartment above the garage…bring tear gas and those things that flash and go BOOM!”
How about we just be sure to take care of the wonderful spouses that support us, so we avoid any of the above?