I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve heard other writers talk about how their biggest critics and those who don’t support them, were friends and family members they were the close to. I recall a writer mentioning how as soon as they started to gain traction with success the unsupportive people in their world suddenly became very supportive. Interesting aye?
I sometimes find the people most supportive of my books or projects or the most excited about a book launch is someone who I’m just getting to know. While I love their support, it also reminds me of the gap left by the people I’m close to who aren’t showing any support, rendering me disappointed and sad.
I don’t think that it is too much to ask that the people closest to us try to be interested and supportive of what we’re doing, especially when it’s a gifting and calling that God has put on our life. Ask how the manuscript is coming along and come to the launch. Buy a book even if it sits idle on your virtual or real bookshelf. Be interested.
Regardless of my closest critics, I will continue to do what I feel God has graced me to do, to write, hoping that one day those critics will have a change of heart and become my greatest cheerleaders.