After she got her MFA, she taught part-time at the University Of Alaska for several years, and then landed a full-time Professor position about seven years ago teaching Developmental English.
Last year she got her tenure. And this year she applied for a year-long Sabbatical and we just found out that she got it! Hooray!!!
These are the flowers I got her.
So, for the academic year, 2010-2011 we’re going to have two full-time writers in our house because Dana’s writing a novel for her Sabbatical project!
Dana reads my work when she has the time. And she doesn’t just say: “Oh, honey, this is lovely, just great that you wrote this…”
She tears apart my tenses and hands me a shovel to fill plot holes. She works over a manuscript the way you want it worked over. Your tail might be down just a little bit because you’ve just been shown that your story needs a little more work than you thought it did, but at the same time your tail is wagging because you’ve just received some encouragement, direction and ideas.
Two years ago when I told Dana I wanted to resign from my teaching job to pursue writing full-time, she responded with three words: GO FOR IT.
When Dana starts tapping the key board, I hope I can provide the kind of support for her that she does for me.
What is your best advice for supporting other writers?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!