Maybe I just dreamed I wrote something and posted it. Or maybe I thought I did, but I didn't. Oiy, my brain.
Anywhoozle, I thought I'd talk about writing today, since yanno, I am a writer, lol. And because I can only talk to my writing peeps about writing without their eyes glazing. (Or maybe they are glazing, but how would I know through the computer? haha!)
So! My list of things non-writer people ask writer people but don't end up understanding what we say anyway. (That title makes sense in my head. Just go with it.)
I heard you're writing a book. What's it about?
-Yes, this is where you practice your elevator pitch. But don't worry, no matter what you say, this is what they'll say:
-Because they've stopped listening the second you said, "It's a 67,000 word...", or they really think that, or because they're too nice to tell you, "Uh, I don't get it."
How do you get it published?
-Um, this goes so many ways, it'll take me a blog post and a half to explain every single detail. When people ask me, there's a lot of other questions... such as, "Why do you need an agent? What is an agent? What do agents do? What's a query? What's a synopsis?" Stuff like that. So, I've settled for the answer: With a lot of luck, hard work, and a lot of time.
You got a request? What does that mean now?
-It means I wait. A lot.
Now... onto misconceptions about writers:
We are not going to be the next JK Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, or Suzanne Collins.We won't make millions of dollars when we get offered a book deal.We don't poop out books with perfect grammar/sentence structure.
The truth about writers that most people don't know:
We write because we love it.
We talk in code, saying things such as ms, cp, betas, wip, YA, NA, show vs. tell, voice, plot driven,
character driven. You will need a translator if you get two of us together and we start talking about writing.
Writing makes us crazy, thoughtful, worried, anxious, scared, frustrated, elated, and HAPPY.
And even though I like talking about my writerly job with my non-writer folks, I need my writer buds to talk to when I need someone who understands. This is probably why this community rocks my socks, because there isn't a shortage :)
Aww... I'm a bit sentimental today. :)
And random... but that's nothing new, lol.
Anyone else relate to what I'm talking about here?
Oh! And real quick... Falling for Fiction is having a CP/Beta mixer today, so if you are looking for a critique partner or beta reader, or know someone who is, head on over!
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