Two nights ago, hubby was reading over my shoulder as I tried to write…. he was like ‘Lissa huh?’
And I said ‘What are you doing!!! You don’t read, why are you reading? You’ve never shown an interest, why now?’ Thinking, of all the times to start reading my writing, why a first draft, as I try to write it… he should know by now that I can’t write when people are lurking around me. But he said he’d always been interested, he just doesn’t read a whole lot.
So, I calmed down and explained that I tend not to let people read first drafts, by people I mean non-writers, because let’s face it, non-writers pretty much expect anything you write to read like an actual published novel and all of us writers know thats simply not the case for a first draft, for most writers anyway.
Sigh…. so, I then began to kick myself. I’d scared him off when I finally got my opportunity to get him to read something. Not that he probably would have right then and there anyways, but he was broaching the topic and I’d all but shut him down… yeah, go me. I felt pretty lame about it, so then I started contemplating how I could open it up again and decided that I’d email him a short story. He doesn’t read on paper unless he has to, so anything on a screen is the best format.
And then I realized he’d never read it at work anyways, he’d keep getting interrupted and would never get back to it.
So the short story is open on my computer, sitting there, waiting for him to read it. I told him that if he’s interested in what I write, then he can read the story. It’s very short, it’s not a first draft. He didn’t read it last night, maybe tonight? I have to wonder whether he’ll ever actually read it. I guess we’ll see… and I’ll let you know what he says when he does! lol
I’ve always been okay about the fact that he’s not a reader. I have other friends and family members who will happily devour anything I write, so that need is filled. But it would be nice if he read something now and then… we shall see.
What about you? Does your spouse/partner read what you write? Do they talk about it with you? Give you feedback? Or are they not really that interested?
In other news, I’m sitting at 6262 words for Chasing Ascension. It’s going really smoothly and I am in awe at what my brain pulls up. I’m barely thinking about the novel, it’s just writing itself, my favourite kind of novel to participate in the writing of! I even have a character called Poncho, where the hell did that come from? lol he has multiple wives, none of whom speak English as a first language….
Anyways, I better sort some morning tea out for the girls and get on with the housework. Wonder what will crop up in the novel today? Interesting times indeed!