When You Meet Another Writer At A Dinner Party #Writers #Authors

Due to an elaborate dinner party seating plan, you find yourself positioned at the table between two strangers. Here is what could happen next:

  1. disturbance in your writer force will make you feel drawn to the stranger, sat to the right of you. There is something mysterious about them. They look relatively normal, but you will be getting some strange vibes from them. You have noted their use of big words  in conversations with others, their love of cheese based dishes and their whacky ideas on stuff. You recognise all these as classic writer traits. Deep inside you a small voice will ask “did the dinner party host do the unthinkable and invite two writers to one dinner party?” Surely not?
  2. Just as you shove a hefty slice of cheese into your mouth (during your favourite course – the cheese board), the person to your right will admit to the table that they are a writer. Cue your choking fit on the huge bit of cheese wedged into your mouth and the look of total shock on your face. There is another  writer at this dinner party and they are sat next  to you!  Gasp!
  3. A loved one or friend will kindly reveal to the table that you are also  a writer. More gasps!  You and the other writer will then look at each other until things get awkward.
  4. All sorts of questions will fly through your mind: is this writer sat next to you self published or published? What genre do they prefer? Do they have an annoying typo habit?
  5. You both will start to make writer small talk – “have you written anything today?”  and “do you feel you need to write everyday?”
  6. As writers you both will be making swift and rapid  hand movements – cheese to mouth, swig of wine, cheese to mouth, swig of wine etc.
  7. After a good five minutes you both will have zoned out of the dinner party. You will be deep into writer talk! Sharing writer experiences, literary achievements, bad writing habits and your struggles against daily bouts of writer’s block.
  8. An hour or so later. You both will have talked so much about writing that you will be flushed and suffering from jaw ache. Fuelled by cheese and wine the creative conversation will have got quite animated, intense and maybe a little loud. You may have got some odd looks from a loved one stuck at the other side of the dinner table.
  9. Secretly you will be desperate to go to the loo, whip out the Internet on your phone and find a sample of the other writer’s work, either a book or blog. Don’t worry about this urge, your writer pal will be thinking the same thing. All writer’s are naturally curious.
  10. As the dinner party draws to a close you both realise that you haven’t spoken to another soul for hours.
  11. Parting with a fellow writer can get emotional. Writer friendships are intense without cheese and wine but if you add these into the mix then it’s more than likely you will feel like sobbing on the other writer’s shoulder.
  12. Before you hug and say farewell you will get the important stuff out-of-the-way first – find and follow each other on Twitter….sigh!

Happy writing and socializing!


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44 thoughts on “When You Meet Another Writer At A Dinner Party #Writers #Authors

  1. Maybe I’m on the wrong side of the pond, or don’t do the right sort of dinner parties, or maybe it’s because I belong to a writer’s group, but we all go out together a lot, and I think it stifles some of this. On the other hand, if I were a writer not in a community like this, I would be doing the same I’m sure. You are too funny!

  2. I’m especially fond of cheese now that I’m thinking that a shortage is about to happen. I have a whole warehouse of it, just to be on the safe side. Denmark is getting mad at me because I’m developing a corner on the market of Danish Blue Cheese. It is mysterious when grand thoughts get into the blood of a writer and one can feel the oozing and extravasation of words from the capillaries of tangled plots into the chatter in the world. It never is “the sounds of silence” nor does it blend well with the cacophony of the tone death sitting at symphony seating at a dinner party. But worse when a writer confesses even when not tortured by the other non-writer guests. How is such tragedy possible. Wine you say. Oh, the pain is too much for wine to assuage the whines, field a question from down the table: “Oh, you’re a writer… Can you write a Eulogy for a friend of mine…”; and you ask if he’s dead yet.
        Oh gasp! What genre is that!
        Typo, typo, typo. What to do with a thought typo. Alas, I don’t know je ne sais qua

      1. Lol – no worries. I never touch it, unless it’s cooked. I’m weird that way.

        At the risk of oversharing again, I have a terrible confession to make: I don’t much like wine, either. So, I’m terrible at cheese and wine parties. On the plus side, that frees up my mouth to talk to my heart’s desire!

      2. Well, you know. Pizza. Grilled cheese sandwiches. Greek saganaki. That sort of thing. I make an exception for Parmesan on top of my pasta. My pasta plates look snowed under. I justify it by claiming that the hot pasta actually melts the cheese by the time I eat it.

  3. When they say, “tiglekso, and if you’re not going to eat your lasagna can I have it,” I start to worry. A big warning sign is to get elbowed with the remark, “Don’t you think our host is an enfant terrible for revealing secrets about the guests in little innocent sounding “introductions.” I’d agree that under these circumstances that a trip to the bathroom to check references is exigent. Such a dinner party of which you speak can be a catastrophe if in the midst of cheese, wine, and loquacious intoxication you forget to offer proper flummery to the host. But I’ve heard the advise that if the writer to the right shows a rubicund face, do not cross the Rubicon.

  4. Love this post. 😀 Also, the cheese board is everyone’s favorite course, isn’t it? (If we go to one of those restaurants, we can even order one for dessert. With fruit. And more wine, of course.) It’s awesome.

  5. I. Loved. This. Post. 🙂 Zoning out everybody else (I’d like to call that Party-zoned :D) is exactly what we’d do. Haha, I’m so glad I got lost while exploring WordPress and stumbled on to your wonderful blog 🙂 Cheers!

  6. I confess to being always curious, a constant need to know answers and what happens next ^_^
    And then you realize everyone else finished eating ages ago but you hogged all the cheese *eeeek* 🙈

  7. I’ve not experienced this yet, at least I don’t think so. I just recently started outing myself as a writer at parties so who knows how many times I might have hung out with another closeted writer.

  8. So true! Why are family always the ones to out you? I’ll never understand. I’ll have spent a whole occasion with my secretive double writing life well under wraps and then suddenly someone says ‘Oh I’m writing a speech for a weddin-‘ and my mum swoops in saying WELL MY DAUGHTER WANTS TO BE A WRITER. So glad it’s not just me though xo

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