Friday, July 22, 2011

Encouragement is so good for the soul

My husband isn't a reader. He can read, but he prefers to read automotive magazines and how to books. In nearly 20 years of marriage I've never seen him pick up a novel or read a book for pleasure because it's just not his thing. He's never taken much interest in my writing- he humors me for the most part. I don't think he thinks I'll ever really get anything published because I tend to get bored easily and give up on things without finishing them.

But the whole point of this blog post is encouragement so something must have happened to change things, right? Of course :)

I'm spending my days out in hubby's shop answering phones, scheduling appointments, doing paperwork, filing taxes, etc. In my 'spare' time I've been writing. Well, hubby came into the office for a break yesterday and sat down at my desk where I had my current work in progress up on the screen. He started reading at page 14 then scrolled up to page one and read the whole thing. This is a romance novel mind you so that he even bothered to read page 14 was shock enough but that he actually was intrigued enough to start at page one and read everything I'd written was mind blowing.

Now here's the good part. When he finished reading, he said to me, "You're really good. I can actually picture these things in my head. You're descriptive without being overly so."

Wow! That made my day! It's like he's finally taking what I love to do seriously. He knows I can do it. He knows I have the heart for it and I was so encouraged by that. It's amazing how a few words from someone who hasn't really supported you in something can make a world of difference, give you a second wind and help you press on.

So, as soon as this blog is published, I'm back at it, pounding the keys, weaving my story to bring alive this world in my head so others can enjoy it too.

Tell me, what kind of encouragement have you gotten lately? What would you like to be encouraged in more?