By Bruce Brady @BDBrady007
After college, I didn’t write anything other than marketing and sales pieces. It was more than 30 years later when I was led to write a script. It was based on fact, but I created a drama to express that fact. I was excited to write this because my real love is fiction—especially fiction that helps my readers learn how to positively deal with life.
One of the first lessons I learned is that writers need to be surrounded by encouraging people who also hold them accountable. The best situation exists when those people include your family.
|Sometimes it takes time for everyone to realize|
writing isn't just a hobby.
In fairness, it took me some time to realize that as well.
So we went through a rough adjustment period as we both learned that writing—particularly creative writing—can’t always be scheduled. This meant that other things which needed to be done often were put on hold. It was difficult for her to understand why I would sit, staring into space when there was a rather large hole in our bathroom wall.
Her lack of comprehension greatly disrupted my focus.
If your writing is a source of tension in your family, I encourage you to try the following things:
- Discuss your calling with your family.
- Show them how important it is to you, and how it doesn’t diminish your love for them.
- Emphasize how their encouragement and co-operation will actually make you more efficient, freeing up more time for you to spend with them.
- Include your family by asking them to not only give you the space to work but also to hold you accountable for your writing goals.
|Family can be our biggest supporters.|
She also was instrumental in helping me see that part of my trouble was my unconscious rebellion against time management. This resulted in our working out a writing schedule that allotted time to complete the home improvement and maintenance tasks that I previously ignored. The “honey-do” jobs will now take longer to complete, but they will get done. And my schedule is flexible enough to accommodate adjustments for project urgency or spontaneity.
So what do you do to include your family in your writing? Killing them off in a story doesn’t count. Keep the conversation going by sharing your thoughts in the comments.
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Bruce Brady is an author, writer and playwright. His work has appeared in Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, www.ChristianDevotions.us, and on stage. Currently, Bruce is working on a Young Adult Novel about a boy who must deal with the death of his dad, being bullied, and helping his mom through her grief. His first five pages took third place in the ACFW South Carolina Chapter’s “First Five Pages” contest.
When he’s not writing, Bruce spends time learning from and helping other writers. He serves as Mentor of Word Weavers International’s Online Chapter, and as a member of Cross ‘N’ Pens, The Writer’s Plot, ACFW’s National and South Carolina Chapters.