What should you do if you significant other shows little to no interest in your writing?
Even if you are sure they love you, should you react to their lack of interest?
Well, it may hurt my feelings a little, but before I let it get that far I would ask them why. Reading and writing isn't everyone's cup of tea, so one must be sure to grant one's significant other some flexibility and the due respect to choose what they find pleasurable and what they find boring. And, so it goes.
I do not let it bother me. My husband has never even looked at my writing. My children are interested though. My daughter has read all of my hubs. My sons made a point to read some of them. I know my husband loves me and is proud that I am doing this. It is just that this is not one of his interests.
I do not involve myself in some of his interests. They are not mine. We have been happily married for 26 years and I do not think that we have to be involved in every little thing they do. It is really nice that we can do some things by ourselves. It helps to retain a sense of self.
My husband of 11 years is supportive of my writing, and patient with the time I spend immersed in it or talking about it. But he's not into writing himself, and not even particularly into reading -- especially not the type of stuff I read (sci-fi, fantasy, YA, nonfiction biographies, histories). He likes nonfiction books about cars and space and photography.
But on the flip side, he likes photography. Like, a lot. We went to Hawaii, and all the pictures from his camera are of sunsets and epic views and macro shots of plants and stuff. All the pictures from my camera are self-shots of us, doing touristy things. He does this all the time -- I'll sit and wait patiently, reading a book, as he spends 45 minutes trying to capture the exact picture he's looking for. Then at home, he'll flick through the pics on his computers and point out ridiculously miniscule differences that I'd never notice without him pointing them out.
We may be married and in love, but we're not the same person with the same interests, and that's okay. We've got some overlapping interests (motorcycles, camping, science) and some completely individual ones. As long as we're supportive and understanding, there's no issue.
Just carry on writing, are you intterested in every little thing your better half does?
my wife doesn't show any interest and i don't care in the least. i don't show interest in the TV shows she watches and she doesn't care. shouldn't your partner be able to not show interest without you worrying?
That's OK as long as they are not trying to prevent you from doing it. Your significant other will not be interested in everything that you are, even if it your passion. My husband loves all things outdoors. I am a city girl. Roughing it is a hotel without room service! LOL But we embrace the things we have in common and compromise on the things that we don't.
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