Writing is a trade that comes with some major mood swings.
You have days of crippling insecurity. You sometimes spend a week working on a book only to realize everything you’ve written needs to be rewritten.
You have to be humble enough to accept hard criticism while at the same time confident enough to keep writing despite the criticism.
For writers, the peaks are high and the valleys are low. A good review can have you literally dancing in front of your computer. A bad review can have you so low that Eeyore would look at you and say, “Dude, perk up. You’re bringing me down.”
How do writer’s handle it?
I suspect most of them just go crazy. Or perhaps they’re crazy from the start.
How do I handle it?
I have my tricks, but mostly I’m able to handle it because I happen to have most amazing wife on the planet. I suspect she’s the most amazing wife in the universe, but I’m trying to be reasonable here.
There is absolutely no way I could do this without her.
When I feel like the worst writer in the world, she is always there to pick me up. She reminds me that she’s more than just my wife and best friend. She’s a fan of Brandon Hale, the author.
Conversely, when I write something that’s total crap, she lets me know it needs a rewrite. If I haven’t followed up on a particular story element in a book, she’s the first person to mention it.
When I finish a new book, seeing her excitement at the prospect of being one of the first readers is a great feeling.
Books From Hale isn’t a one-man show. It’s a team effort. My wife is as much a part of this as I am. She’s a cheerleader, a quarterback, and a coach.
She also happens to be one hell of a great friend.
So on this day devoted to giving thanks, I just wanted to take a few moments to say, “Thank you” to my wife, Laura.
I have many things to be thankful for, from all the wonderful people who gave me a chance and bought my books to the outstanding people who invented corn nuggets. Really, there’s no way I could list all the things I’m thankful for in a single blog. I couldn’t list them in ten blogs. A hundred.
So I’m just going to use this as an opportunity to thank someone who’s pretty damn close to the top of that list…
Thank you, Laura. You’re the best.