Writing support can, of course, come in a variety of ways.
Often, instead of grants, fellowships, and endowments paying stipends, one just needs an understanding spouse.
Not even a spouse that financially supports us – although that can be nice to.
Much of the time, I think, a writer can flourish if just given a little space and a short word of praise every so often.
If you know a writer, try it sometime. Don’t belittle what they do, and say one nice thing about their writing every 30 days or so.
It might mean the world to them.
Mywife made a crucial difference during those two years I spent teaching at Hampden (and washing sheets at New Franklin Laundry during the summer vacation). If she had suggested that the time I spent writing stories on the front porch of our rented house on Pond Street or in the laundry room of our rented trailer on Klatt Road in Hermon was wasted time, I think a lot of the heart would have gone out of me. Tabby never voiced a single doubt, however. Her support was a constant, one of the few good things I could take as a given. And whenever I see a first novel dedicated to a wife (or a husband), I smile and think, There’s someone who knows. Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough.
-Stephen King, On Writing