Thursday, October 22, 2009

Getting to Know You: Who is your biggest fan?

I'm excited about this one. I am a firm believer that every artist needs a fan. I am very blessed to have many people who support and encourage me in my writing endeavors. I come from a huge family (I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters) and all of them read multiple drafts of my novel and offered tons of praise and very little criticism (this is why I needed my critique group.) But my #1 fan is definitely my husband.

This is him and me--both looking very crazy--we might have overdosed on chocolate.
My hubby is always there for me. If I need extra time to write he takes the kids outside to play. If the house is a disaster when he comes home from work (which it is at least half the time) he never says a word, and often helps with dishes and laundry in the evenings even though he's spent all day at the office. He's read my manuscript almost as many times as I have, offering a few suggestions every now and then, but mostly just telling me how brilliant I am (I try to remind myself that he's biased). He was more excited than I was when I called to tell him that Sara had offered representation. He believes in me, and his encouragement buoys me up as I pursue this dream.

Hopefully we all have people who believe in us. Who is your biggest fan?

26 comments:

Tabitha Bird said...

Funny, even before reading your post, I read the title and thought, "My husband." And you say your husband is your biggest fan too! My man has always believed in my ability to write. He bought me a thesaurus when I was 21 and wrote inside it, "to help you be seen by the world." Very Nice :)

MeganRebekah said...

Aw, you two are so incredibly cute! Love the glasses on you both. (I'm buying new glasses next week, and am on a total glasses kick now)

I don't have a single biggest fan, but my family is very supportive. My brother-in-law yelled at me tonight for not calling him this morning.

Kristi Faith said...

While my husband is limited in his ability to take care of the kids for long periods at a time (he has a degenerative hip disease), he fills my head like no other. He has this amazing ability to make me believe I will catch this dream with the things he tells me. If I'm not feeling very positive, he has a way of making me feel like the best writer in the world. (I, too, have to remind myself he's biased.)

When I was younger, though, it was my great grandmother who engraved my very first poem onto a plate that she painted....well, that was the day I said I would be a bestseller. :-)

Stephanie Thornton said...

I'd say my husband. Like Tabitha, he bought me a thesaurus when I first started writing, along with some other books on the process.

Family is important!

Tamika: said...

It's true that when you are in love you start to look alike! You make a beautiful couple.

My biggest supporter is my Mom. She talks about my writing more than I do!

I thank God for many people that are braving this journey with me, they each play an important role.

Abby said...

My husband, definitely! He's amazing. He puts up with so much craziness from me. My family is very supportive too. And my kids don't understand why I'm not published yet. :)

Dawn Simon said...

Great post, and what a fun pic!

My husband and my kids, though my parents, brothers, crit group, and best friends are up there as well. Like your hubby, my husband will also jump in with house stuff, and he is always there to listen. My kids are so respectful of my writing time, it's amazing. Since I write YA, they also help me with ideas.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Well Tamika beat me to it - you guys look alike! Too cute!

I would also say my husband is my biggest fan. Sometimes I catch him bragging about my writing to complete strangers! It's a warm fuzzy feeling to know how proud he is of my published articles. (in a strange twist, he's the WORST beta reader.)

staceyjwarner said...

You give me hope for happily ever after...LOL! My biggest fan? Marla, maybe...to be honest I don't have one...but that's ok.

much love

Susan R. Mills said...

You make a very cute couple. I'd like to say my husband is my biggest fan, but this wouldn't be true. He doesn't quite grasp the whole business of literature. Don't get me wrong, he's supportive, but as far as fans go, it's a toss up between my fifteen-year-old daughter and my mom. They are certain I will be published one day and cheer me on every step of the way.

MattDel said...

My situation's like Susan's. My wife is supportive of my writing, but she wouldn't really qualify for biggest fan status.

Since my grandfather died back in January, in fact, there hasn't really been anyone who fills that role. While I was at the funeral, my cousin told me that Pop would always tell her I was going to be a published author.

In the lead with the other folks is one professor I had in college (I blogged about her a while back), my crit group, and my mother.

P.S. There's no such thing as overdosing on chocolate. ;)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

No hubby. So it would have to be my mom. She has read every version, draft, correction etc and can never get enough of whatever I write (no matter how bad it is.) I have one or two friends that come in close second, but my mom holds the #1 spot.

LOVE the pic of you two. And mmm those deserts look yuumy :)

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Susan worded it well...the grasping literature thing is not for my husband. Sometimes, if I'm honest, it makes me a little sad. My mom is a huge fan though and her comments about even my blog posts are so uplifting. Here's to moms!
~ Wendy

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I love you guy's picture!! My biggest fan is my good friend Peg. She has encouraged me from the beginning and always boosts my spirits when I need it. But she hasn't even read one of my books!!

CKHB said...

I'm going to say my daughter even though she's only two and doesn't understand what I do for work... she sweetly says "mommy has to go work on the computer!" even though sometimes she'd rather I stay close, and last week she stroked my arm and said, "don't worry" when I was feeling low.

Suzyhayze said...

Hi! *waving* I'm New! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Fans? hmmmmmmmm. My husband is.... well.... I'm going to leave here and write about him on my blog. LOVE is an amazing thing, but it is not patient in my house.

I think my biggest fan is a beta reader I met online who is now a dear friend. Amanda (Mandy).

She'd be the first person I'd contact with news, and I do beleive I'd hear her woot all the way from Idaho.

Erica said...

Well... I had a great post last night all written out and blogger decided to quit on me! So, this one may not be as good, but... oh well :)

My husband is my biggest fan for sure. He understands when I need to take a nap after work because I've been up writing until 2 in the morning, and he has dinner ready when I wake up. He talks about my future as a writer in conversations, not as if, but when.

I would say my sister and crit partner are next on the list. Both encourage me to no end and make me feel my ideas are unique, and that is a good feeling- whether it's true or not ;)

Great pic. You two are so cute together :) Now I want a chocolate malt!

Georgina said...

I love that picture! I have an equally goofy one of me and my husband and I just love it. My husband is my biggest fan, next to my Mom. He has always unconditionally supported my painting, which was my first artistic love. Now that I am writing, I am sharing more of it with him. I know I have nothing to fear when it comes to what he will say or think - it's my own self-doubt right now that is keeping me from sharing more of my writing with either him or my Mom. I appreciate that he lets me share things with him when I am ready and not automatically just because he is my life-partner. He's awesom and I could go on and on about him...
Three cheers for amazing husbands! - G

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, definitely my hubby too. I asked him the other day, "Which is your favorite of all my manuscripts?" (as a PB writer, I have at least ten) and he said, "All of them." Crazy, but sweet. :)

Lisa and Laura said...

You and your husband are so cute! I think my number one fan has to be Laura. And then of course we have our husbands, our parents, our sister and brothers-in-law, and even our tween cousin, all people who helped us to get where we are today. We are SO lucky.

melane said...

My oldest daughter is my biggest fan. She asks me all the time if the book is finished, and she always tells me that she knows it will be published.

Belle said...

That's such a cute chocolate-y picture! My husband is a pretty big fan, but funnily enough, it's my two teenagers who give me the most support - and I don't think they even realize this. I have, of course, read to them my WIPs back when they were kids, if the WIP was a middle grade novel, but they haven't read anything I've written lately. Their support is really intangible but very strong - they just assume that I will be published, that I just need to get writing and that's all there is to it. I spent several years out of the writing loop and have only just gotten back into writing fiction this year, and whenever they do this, in their casual, offhand teenage way, it's just the sweetest thing. There's no doubt in their minds. I like that!

Diane said...

I have a couple of close girlfriends that are very supportive of me. Those chocolate treats looked incredibly awesome! :O)

Renee Collins said...

Love your blog, Natalie. :)

My husband is not so much my biggest fan as my biggest sounding board. It's pretty awesome to have someone to talk things out with at all hours.

My biggest fan is my twin sister. She's the best.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I can't say I have fans yet because I won't let anyone read my book...yet. However, my husband better be my biggest fan. It's just part of the whole marriage deal. You know, I write a book and you better like it!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

My husband is also pretty supportive, though he doesn't do chocolate fixes like yours seems to with you. Bummer for me!

Seriously, I'm blessed with lots of support, online and in person. We writers need that, to keep us pressing onward!!!