I laughed when I first read this prompt. I mean, my family isn’t particularly negative about my writing. My husband is a professional photographer, so he knows what is involved in creating things. My kid is interested in his own stuff, so he’s not particularly aware of what I’m doing because he’s absorbed in his own stuff.
But then I got to thinking. There was a weekend where I wrote for fifteen hours Saturday, and eighteen on Sunday. My husband informed me, on the Monday following, that I would spend the next weekend with the family and go to a movie. o.O… So I think it’s more a matter of learning how to balance writing with other responsibilities and commitments. I’ve also made friends and have been fortunate enough to find people that they understand me and the way I see the world. But that took a lot of work to find those people, and to find my “tribe.”
So if I had to say what my one piece of advice would be to people trying to fit writing into already busy lives, it’s this: hunt for your tribe and balance your writing with the other things you’ve already got in your life: day job, kids, marriage, friends, and family.