I am fortunate. My wife is tolerant, supportive, and a damn good editor of my work. The last mentioned requires a lot of the first mentioned. I can’t believe any writer likes criticism, even if they very much appreciate it. I know I can get quite prickly about her comments and suggestions.
lot of wives of male writers are really collaborators who don’t get as much
credit as they should, even for their own independent accomplishments.
is some light-hearted, but good, advice to those who foolishly marry a writer.
a more serious note, Tolstoy’s wife put up with a lot more than any spouse
should ever have to. Tolstoy was a brilliant writer, of course, but like a lot
of creative people he was a screwed-up jerk in many ways.