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1. ‘Oh’ (*goes back to reading newspaper / book*) – cue awkward silence as you stand waiting for something more than just an ‘oh’ – this is such a big deal to you and does not deserve that!
2. ‘I never liked J.K Rowling’s books anyway!’ – cue your frustrated face – how many times have you told them that you are not trying to be like J.K Rowling? – Aghhhh!
3. ‘Have a cup of tea and you will feel much better’ – your mother’s standard answer to any problem, she said the same thing last week when your husband was annoying you and the week before when the kids were doing your head in.
4. ‘Do something else then!’ – cue your annoyed face as you know full well you can’t do something else! Don’t they realise this?
5. ‘Can I have your laptop then?’ – your child has been after your laptop for months, hearing this is like Christmas to them. Cue the cute begging face from child which gives you instant nightmare visions of them going through all your writing files.
6. ‘Probably for the best eh?’ – one of the most infuriating comment ever! Cue angry reply “and what you do mean by that?” which is followed with their blank look and shrug of shoulders. You then leap to the conclusion that they don’t think you are very good at writing so it’s best you give up. Cue tears and strop back to laptop – you’ll show them!
7. ‘So we are not going to be famous and live in a big country house where neither of us works ever again?’ – oh why do they have to play back one of your writing daydreams at one of your weak moments! Did they really believe that rubbish that you were spouting after finishing your first draft?
8. ‘I never liked that story you were working on but I didn’t have the heart to tell you after I had read it’ – cue emotional outburst and storm off from you.
9. ‘You can’t give it up, I do know you!’ – cue your frustrated face and maybe a ‘ahhhhh!’ as they are right but you don’t like to admit it
10. ‘Shame as I thought you were quite good at writing’ – cue your look of shock followed by a smile and then a slow walk back to laptop. This is the golden response that we all need to hear when we are thinking of quitting. C’mon give us a bit of writing praise when we are down – it works a treat!
Best not to quit!