Friday, July 25, 2008

Behind the Pen

Most people assume (mistakenly, I believe) that the only person responsible for a story is the writer, but that's just not true. It's not the whole story...well, behind the story.

I'm talking first-draft story here. We all recognize (and are grateful for!) the work of editors, publishers, cover artists and lots of other, often under-recognized, folks who help bring a story to life. But first-draft stories? They're not completely the result of one person's work and vision, despite what most people believe.

Take it from me. I know. I couldn't possibly write as much as I do if I didn't have someone who helps make my world a calm, peaceful place where creativity is encouraged. Yeah, I'm talking about the person who brings the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and diet soda while I'm staring off into the distance, formulating the outline of the next story--oops! Ignore that "staring-distance-formulating bit"...I meant to say "while I am working."

I know I'm not the only one who has a wonderful helper (insert "husband" in my case) who helps make a career choice work so well. There are usually others who facilitate writers' journeys. I've read story after story of writers giving credit where it's the person behind the person who pushes the pen.

So, this Friday morning I just want to take a moment and thank my husband. He helps me in untold ways, bringing an added measure of joy to the writing side of my life.

Hope you all have a great weekend. Me? I'll be staring, thinking...I've still got the next story to firm up before I put pen to paper. I'm hoping there are a few pb&js in my weekend, too. ;-)


Dru said...

That makes the difference in whatever you do, having the support of your spouse or significant other.

Have a good weekend.

Kathleen said...

What a lovely blog! Here's to the guy who keeps the peanut butter & jelly coming. So wonderful to have that support.

margaret blake said...

A chap like this is worth his weight in gold.

Margaret Blake

Elaine Cantrell said...

My husband is great too which makes it much easier to write. When my first book came out he went to the local bookstore and bought a copy even though we had plenty at home. He said he wanted to buy the first one in town.

Elaine Cantrell

Debbie Wallace said...

Sweet blog, Sarita! It makes a huge difference when we get support:)