Due to an elaborate dinner party seating plan, you find yourself positioned at the table between two strangers. Here is what could happen next:
- A 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?
- 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!
- 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.
- 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?
- You both will start to make writer small talk – “have you written anything today?” and “do you feel you need to write everyday?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- As the dinner party draws to a close you both realise that you haven’t spoken to another soul for hours.
- 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.
- 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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