Writers, Tap a Spouse to Help with Your Writing Career

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Don’t discount this viable option. It could work for your family. I never expected the help husband John has provided me.

Stage 1

When I started my writing career, John and I worked as actuaries. John was supportive in:

· the time I spent writing, and

· the cost and time I spent going to writers’ conferences. 

That’s all I needed.

Stage 2

We retired and moved to a rural community in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Writing for me became a full time job. I received two contracts, was building a platform, and learning how to market my books. John was supportive in doing the:

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·shopping,

· laundry, and 

· vacuuming

so I could write.

This was a huge help, but my marketing and platform work began eating into my writing time.

Stage 3


I started traveling to fairs and festivals. John was supportive in:

· driving me to the venues and

· selling the books at my table

so I could visit with readers.

With his presence, I was more comfortable attending these events.

Stage 4


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I had two more contracts and invitations to write for collections. And deadlines. I went indie with a series. I’d learned more about online marketing opportunities that I couldn’t take advantage of because I had no time. John was supportive and became my:

· marketing manager,

· chief financial officer (love those spread sheets that spit out my sales tax and book sales),

· tech researcher,

· meme maker,

· cover & bookmark designer,

· conference marketing workshops attendee,

· galley reader, and

· document reviewer

· KDP publishing tech

so I could focus on writing and platform tasks.

Advantages


As business partners, 

· we do smarter marketing, using our time and money resources more wisely,

· we communicate more during my writing day,

· my stress level is less,

· fewer error and typos make it to such documents as my written interviews when I’m a guest on blogs and in book galleys,

· we’re able to get more books out, which is the most important marketing effort.

Possibilities for Spouses


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Your spouse may not be as industrious as John has become, but your spouse may be able and willing to help with some things. A house chore as simple as loading and unloading the dishwasher or taking over trash duty provides minutes to a spouse’s writing time. 

I promote my blog posts on Hootsuite, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and to certain writer groups. It’s a fifteen-minute weekly task, but those fifteen-minute tasks quickly build into hours. I write the promotion content when I write the blog posts. So this blog promotion task is an easy job that anyone could do. 

I post a weekly personal photo from what’s happened in my life on my Facebook author page. This allows me to enter into fun discussions with those who’ve liked my page. Sometimes I’m working on a deadline and have no available photos and must stop writing and find something interesting to snap. This could consume a half hour or more. 

Perhaps your spouse could help with these kinds of tasks.

What are writing career tasks your spouse helps with or could help with?

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3 Steps to Find a Romantic Idea for Your Creative Activity

“Opposites attract. If two people just alike get married, one of you is unnecessary.” —Larry Burkett

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You’re preparing a talk to a women’s group. Or writing a romantic scene. Or composing a song. Where will you find a romantic idea to entice your female audiences?

Here are 3 Steps to come up with a romantic idea for your creative work.

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Step 1. Write What You Know

Who do you know better than your spouse? You don’t have to go back to those budding-romance days. Look at why you love your spouse now.

Step 2. Use Opposites Attract

People love stories about how men differ from women. It’s romantic. So, list ways you’re different from your spouse. When you get about fifty…just kidding…ten, stop. Here’s mine:

1. He enjoys people. I’ve considered building a monument to the person who invented email.

2. He is a man of few words. That’s because I hog all the rest.

3. He finally comments on what I said five minutes ago. I’ve already forgotten what I said and moved on to my next idea.

4. He’s always right. I supply him with numerous opportunities, but I’ve reserved a billboard for the glorious day he’s WRONG.

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5. He analyzes how to put gutters on our house. I analyze everything else.

6. He takes hot showers so long I can’t find my way out of the bathroom. To save on electrical costs, I freshen up in his steam wondering why my hair doesn’t hold a curl.

7. He leaves a mushy card on my favorite chair on Valentine’s Day. When I find it, I race upstairs, cut out two harts, glue them together, and slap a doily on it, tea stain down, and finish it off with, “I love you.”

8. He laughs at my humor. I force weak smiles while he over-explains the way things work.

9. He does the grocery shopping, if I make the list. I question why he didn’t know “romaine in a bag” meant the easy pre-cut version and not a humongous stalk of romaine that barely fits in the vegetable drawer and happens to be sold in a bag.

10. He never tells embarrassing stories on me. I use this godly man as fodder for my social media posts.

Step 3. Recall a story.

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For each difference, recall a story that proves you’re different in that area.

Here’s mine for number 5:

At our last house, John stood in the backyard, staring up at the roof for a lo-o-o-ng time. I couldn’t fathom what the man was doing. I asked. The expert who configures the gutters for houses was coming the next day. Our roof had funky levels. John wanted to figure it out before the EXPERT came. Do you know what? When the EXPERT showed John his configuration, John suggested his own and the expert agreed it was better!

Now you see why I listed number 4. But I have to admit I my heart tingled that my man bested the gutter expert.

From this story, I can use a similar situation for my fictional hero. Because I know my feelings from my scoffing in the beginning to my tingles at the end, I can give my heroine those feelings.

What’s a story you could use for a creative activity?