You've heard this over and over, but one of the things I love about DH, is he will read my stuff, tell me it's great, and tell me he's looking forward to the next bit.
I don't delude myself into thinking that he really thinks it's always great. I mean, he doesn't have much choice about what to say. If he doesn't say it's great, he gets a barrage of two thousand questions and we have to talk about it all the way home.
But even though I know it's a "canned" response, it keeps me writing.
When you're writing all alone, trudging through a book that takes forever and ever to write, it's hard to get through that without a little encouragement, now and then.
And just a little encouragement, a reader email, a critique partner laughing while reading a sentence, another writer telling you how much they enjoy it, can go a really long way.
When I first started writing, my friend and I exchanged our daily output every night. It was largely unhelpful from a technical standpoint, because we only told each other we loved it. Or we told each other we loved it and maybe made a suggestion about a problem. (Well, I love every word she writes, so it's not like I was making it up.)
I hear people say that this kind of encouragement isn't helpful, sometimes. I disagree. Anything that helps, is a bonus.
Maybe we should be looking for encouragement partners, LOL. Although, I think a good critique partner would be both.
By the way, this is funny. I'm judging in a few weeks for a music festival, and in the guidelines, it asks all judges to remember that "These are children, not adults! Be encouraging!"
That kind of statement comes from a teacher who doesn't teach any adults, I think. Adults are way more sensitive than kids. We've had time for more wounds, LOL.
Grown-ups need encouragement, too.