WRITING IS A LONELY JOB.
HAVING SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU MAKES A
LOT OF DIFFERENCE.
THEY DON'T HAVE TO MAKE SPEECHES.
JUST BELIEVING IS USUALLY ENOUGH.
My husband and I have known each other for about twenty years. We went from just friends to more than friends to best friends/husband and wife. We've moved from one state to another, from one job to another, from one house to another. We've both gained and lost weight, while one of us - ahem! - has lost some hair. We've made meals and jokes and memories even as our tastes and circumstances changed.
One thing that has not changed is my husband's belief in me and my writing. His faith has not wavered. While I doubt myself, he never does. While I moan and groan and cry, he listens and makes suggestions and feeds me chocolate and reminds me of what I've already accomplished. He reads my words, my stories, my chapters, and he gives me his absolute honest opinion even if he knows it means me getting mad. When I receive good writing news, he cheers louder than anyone. One of my greatest fears is disappointing him, and yet he says this is something I could never do. I swear, somewhere along the line I did something right to end up with my husband. (Or, he did something "wrong" to end up in the crazy boat with me, but that's a philosophical discussion for another day.)
My hope is for everyone out there to have someone like my husband in their lives. Whether it's your spouse, your best friend, a sibling, a parent, a teacher, just someone who believes in you. If you'd like to, give that person a shout out in the comments.