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Offline Rosen Trevithick Reading
24 May 2012, 11:26 AM | Post: #1

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This post was last modified: 24 May 2012 11:27 AM by Rosen Trevithick.
I'm interested to know how important it is to other writers, for their partner to read their work.

To me, my writing is an extension of me; it's my passion. I don't think I could feel happy with somebody who didn't take an interest in what I was writing, no matter how precious that might sound. However, I've read comments from other authors that suggest that I'm perhaps more bothered by this than some.

If you're in a relationship, does your partner read your work? If not, how does that make you feel?
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Offline Andy Barrett Reading Void
24 May 2012, 11:38 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

Good questions Rosen. I'm not married any more, but when I was, my wife wouldn't read my books or my scripts. And yes, I found it a little upsetting that she didn't seem to take an avid interest as I'd hoped she would. Still, I carried on regardless; and she always said I would end up writing alone because of how greedy with my time I was. And as if by magic... ahahaha, here I am.

However she did once read my first book and broke down in tears. A strange reaction, I thought. Then it turns out she'd taken the plot-line of my main character having an affair, to heart. She believed I could not write that without having experienced it. Hmmm, I pointed out the flaw in her logic: I have an imagination, I often write about murders yet have never killed anyone. Yet. But I suppose the reaction was the best one I could possibly get.
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24 May 2012, 11:52 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

Hmm, that's interesting. Sheds light on why partners might not want to read our work. Sounds quite ridiculous when explained in the cold light of day, but I can see how it would be distressing to think like that.

And at what point does spending time writing change from reasonable to greedy?
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24 May 2012, 11:56 AM | Post: #4

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

Reads it; shakes her head; rips it apart; enforces improvements; says it's wonderful.

I think I'd be bewildered and hurt if she took no interest.
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24 May 2012, 11:56 AM | Post: #5

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

My partner reads my work. With a considerable amount of effort, I keep from him what I'm writing so that he gets the full whammy impact once I've finished the 2nd draft.

Then I hand it over to him. Thankfully, he's not afraid to say exactly what he thinks which leads to some much needed improvement and clarification in the 3rd draft. He's also very inspiring and keeps me motivated.

The 3rd draft goes to my wonderful proof readers.

Thanks for reminding me, Rosen, of how much I love and appreciate my man in my writing world.

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

My hubby doesn't read much fiction so he doesn't read my work. Mind you, he's downloaded it when it was free so perhaps he does now.

I was hurt by his attitude, but I was quite obsessive when I first started writing, so perhaps that's why. But then, he's a bit miffed that I used my maiden name as my pen name. He's an engineer and they're often not very good at expressing their feelings. I think he's really quite proud. The first time I sold a piece, getting paid for my writing impressed him.

He's been very supportive of me getting it onto Kindle because he's the technohero and I just get in a flap.
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24 May 2012, 12:18 PM | Post: #7

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

I like the sound of him. Does he have any siblings? ;-)

That's the ideal scenario, in my opinion.

I suppose it's different if an author writes for a very small, niche genre. I wouldn't want to inflict a 200,000 word historical epic about an obscure native American cult, on somebody who enjoys a light read.
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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

My Mother-in-Law describes my womag stories as, "Not too bad, really." That really boosts my confidence, I can tell you!
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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

Hi precious,

When I find a partner I'll let you know.
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24 May 2012, 01:16 PM | Post: #10

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RE: Authors - Does your partner read your work?

Reasonable to greedy? I can be a little obsessive I suppose. I often used to come in from work at midnight and do an 'all-nighter', leaving me too tired to function the next day. I would write all evening when working earlies. Don't ask how long I used to write when it was my days off! I used to squeeze in family 'duties' when I had to. I must sound like a bad man to be around, but there were other issues too.
I envy those of you who have supportive partners. Cherish them Smile

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