Writers’ Spouses

Writers’ Spouses

I am fortunate. My wife is tolerant, supportive, and a damn good editor of my work. The last mentioned requires a lot of the first mentioned. I can’t believe any writer likes criticism, even if they very much appreciate it. I know I can get quite prickly about her comments and suggestions.

A lot of wives of male writers are really collaborators who don’t get as much credit as they should, even for their own independent accomplishments.

Here is some light-hearted, but good, advice to those who foolishly marry a writer.

On a more serious note, Tolstoy’s wife put up with a lot more than any spouse should ever have to. Tolstoy was a brilliant writer, of course, but like a lot of creative people he was a screwed-up jerk in many ways.

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