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The Writing Club
All the writers from the Writing Club are seated at the large oak table in Alfie’s Coffee Shop.
Tina, the thriller writer, is busy gossiping to Darcy, the chick lit writer, about the Writing Club newcomer, Suzie.
‘Apparently she wrote her book in eight weeks’ Tina says to Darcy in a low voice.
‘I don’t believe that’ whispers Darcy, shaking her head. ‘That’s crazy talk! Normal writers like us don’t write books in eight weeks!’
They both sit and stare at Suzie sat opposite taking a sip of coffee.
‘Could you write a book in eight weeks at a push?’ asks Tina looking at her friend, Darcy.
‘My goodness eight weeks….erm’ Darcy pauses. ‘My books take ages to write, it’s hard to put a timescale on it’ she says scratching her head, trying to work out how long her last book took to write.
Tina nods in agreement. ‘I feel like I have aged whilst writing my latest book. More creases appear on my face with every new draft!’
Darcy leans over to refill her cup with more peppermint tea.
Matt, the Writing Club leader, taps his spoon against his cup to get attention.
‘Shall we make a start?’ he asks looking around the table at the collection of writers, huddled over their drinks and notepads.
‘I want to talk tonight about how we all cope with receiving feedback ‘ he announces to a chorus of groans.
‘Can I give an update first Matt?’ asks Richard, the military writer, raising his hand. ‘I have some pressing news about Grimes, my main character.’
‘Is it bad?’ asks Karl, the comedy writer. ‘Will we be saying R.I.P Grimes tonight?’ .
‘No Karl, this week the plane Grimes was flying suffered an engine malfunction, he had to ditch it in a fallow field but he is ok’ says Richard vigorously stirring his mug of tea.
‘That must have been stressful for you writing that’ exclaims Moira turning to face Richard.
‘I am not going to lie to you, I was worried about Grimes’ Richard says hanging his head and staring gloomily into his cup. ‘I had to radio downstairs to Mission Control to bring me up a hot sugary cup of tea as I was in a bit of a mess afterwards.’
‘You radio downstairs to your wife?’ exclaims Stacey, staring in horror at Richard.
‘Yes Stacey. When I am in my writing cockpit, as I like to call my study, a walkie-talkie radio is my preferred form of communication with the rest of the world and my wife’ explains Richard.
‘I am glad I am not your wife!’ snaps Stacey shaking her head. ‘If my future husband ordered me to make him a cup of tea, via a hand-held radio from upstairs, he would quickly find himself using it to send out a SOS call!’
‘Ok….erm thanks for that update Richard’ says Matt quickly, sensing trouble. Richard gives him a mini salute and goes back to stirring his tea.
‘Right then how do we all handle getting feedback on our work’ asks Matt holding his hands out in anticipation of a lively debate.
Moira, the romantic fiction writer, starts to sniffle and dabs at her nose with her floral handkerchief. ‘I asked my husband Bob for some feedback’ she says in between sniffs. ‘He said the scenes with my male character are unrealistic’. Richard shifts uncomfortably in his seat.
‘Do you think Bob’s jealous of Major Tom?’ asks Karl trying to suppress a smile. ‘You do spend a lot of your time with the character of handsome Major Tom’.
‘Oh Moira’ says Darcy reaching over and giving her a reassuring arm rub. ‘What does Bob know about romantic fiction anyway?’
Moira says in a quiet voice ‘according to him my story is not realistic because a real man would not act like Major Tom when romancing a lady!’.
‘Its fiction, doesn’t your husband understand that?’ exclaims Tina, her face reddening.
‘I haven’t received any negative feedback on my work’ sighs Suzie whilst stroking her notebook. ‘Only positive stuff’ she says wearing a faraway look on her face. Richard sighs loudly.
‘Has anyone given you any feedback on your book?’ asks Stacey looking directly at Suzie.
‘My mum, Gran and the neighbour so far’ sighs Suzie. ‘They are always honest with me. According to them it will be a best seller‘.
‘I will give you some feedback if you want’ offers Stacey, watching Suzie grinning from ear to ear.
‘No thanks Stacey, I have all the feedback I need now’ says Suzie coolly, making Stacey’s eyes darken.
‘The trouble is’ sobs Moira loudly, making everyone turn their heads towards her, ‘I would like my husband Bob to be more like Major Tom!’
‘Doesn’t Bob show you any romance?’ asks Tina leaning closer to a now tearful Moira.
‘No’ sobs Moira making Tina reach out to give her a cuddle.
‘Maybe you and Bob need to invest in some walkie-talkie radios?’ pipes up Karl.
Richard stops stirring his tea and gives Karl a scowl.
Matt rubs his face, secretly wishing he never suggested the subject of feedback.
‘This writing club gets more like Oprah every week’ whispers Karl to Darcy.
Alfie, the coffee shop owner, stands at the back listening to the discussion. He wonders whether it was something from one of his hot beverages that sparked such a debate.
There might be more from the Writing Club next week.
This was part of the Blog Battle contest. The word this week was fallow. The genre is comedy.
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