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The book of love

Blaming writing-career failures on your marriage will rightfully land you in the doghouse


Dear Agony Editor,

My wife and I were discussing my (not so successful) writing career the other day. I said that if I didn’t feel so financially responsible to our relationship (we both have full-time jobs), I’d be a more successful writer. She took this as me saying our marriage is holding me back. I didn’t mean it like that, but there’s some truth to it. We have a good marriage, but she’s barely speaking to me now and I don’t know what to do. Was I wrong in what I said?

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