That heart stopping moment when a non-writer wants you to tell them about your creative project…
Here are 10 thoughts that might go through your mind:
1. Are they really sure about this? Asking me what I am writing is like opening up Pandora’s box. Which project do I start with?
2. Have they got time ? I am struggling to summarise my current book verbally in less than an hour. Plus once I start talking about my writing I can’t stop!
3. Why would they be interested? If I wasn’t a writer I wouldn’t be that fussed on knowing what a writer was writing about.
4. Do they think I have based one of my characters on them? This could be awkward when I start talking about my main character.
5. Are they feeling unwell? Temperature? Low mood? Feeling desperate?
6. Has word got round that I am about to hit the literary world? Are they after a sneak preview? Always carry a copy of my draft on me so I am prepared.
7. Do I have to? Can I just change the subject and talk about the weather? Much more interesting.
8. Are they going to give me their views on my plot / premise? – which I don’t really want and will probably make me feel deflated / depressed / consider quitting writing forever.
9. Are they ready for me to become uber paranoid about their reaction to my novel? This will include me questioning them on things like why their left eyebrow is quivering slightly and what that means with regards my book? Is that a facial sign which means they don’t like my plot? Why are they flaring their nostrils at me? Does that mean they hate my idea? (I love people who flare their nostrils at me BTW)
10. Are they on social media? Could this conversation lead to a tweet? A writer is always looking for tweet opportunites – sigh!
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