Friday, June 22, 2012
Ask a Creative Writer
When I saw this posted on Facebook, it got me thinking. How would you answer these pretty common questions?
1. So you're still writing your little book?
What I tend to say... Yes or just nod.
What I'd really like to say is... For sure! I've started several others, I just can't stop. Part of me would die if I stopped writing.
2. Must be nice not having a real job.
What I tend to say... Yeah.
What I'd really like to say is... Are you serious? What's not real about schooling 4 kids, and working at my dream? If only I got paid what I'm worth. But then, I wouldn't change what I have for anything. My mind is clear to write because I don't work a day job.
3. Writing doesn't sound too difficult.
What I tend to say... You're right, it's easy.
What I'd really like to say is... The difficulty comes with hours of practise and learning to refine the craft. Then feeling like you get slapped and punched around when you finally work up enough courage to submit to publishers/agents and the majority respond by way of rejection.
4. I always thought I'd write a book after I retire.
What I tend to say... Yeah, you should!
What I'd really like to say is... Think about starting now, it takes a whole lot longer than you'd think.
5. skip... I don't have a degree... just a writing certificate - But for those who do have degrees.. yes... just like all degrees .. real work is involved
6. Have you been published yet?
What I tend to say.. Just some short stories... or... I'm still waiting to hear about my novels
What I'd really like to say is... Have you been to the moon yet?
7. Can I be a character in you story?
What I tend to say is... Sure.
What I'd really like to say is ... You already are .. hmmm bahahaha
8. So I have this great idea I think you should use.
What I tend to say is... Yeah what?
What I'd really like to say is... Can you just hold that til I get all my own ideas down on paper and perfected. - which may or may not happen before I die.
9. Aren't writers just professional liars?
What I tend to say is .. No way!
What I'd really like to say is.. You sound like my mother.
10 You're writing a book? Tell me everything.
What I tend to say is .. What would you like to know?
What I'd really like to say is ... Buy my books when they come out .. then buy my biography when that comes out. The in between bits you can follow on Twitter, Facebook and my blog. If you're just asking to be polite... don't. xx
So how do you answer interesting questions?