10 Questions a Writer Might Get Asked At Christmas Family Gatherings #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

Over the Christmas period you might have to attend a variety of family gatherings. As a writer you can expect some interesting questions, about your creative life, from inquisitive relatives and family friends.

Here are 10 questions a writer might get asked at Christmas Family gatherings:

  1. Are you still writing that book?  Emphasis will be placed upon the word ‘still’ and you will either attempt to explain the amount of time it takes to write a book or you will simply nod (or grimace – depending on your project).
  2. When can we read your book?  Emphasis will be placed upon the word ‘we’ and in your head you will picture the faces of all your relatives wading through your work. You might even shiver at the thought of some of them diving into the naughty scene at the end. You will change the subject by quickly commenting on the mild weather for December.
  3. I have always dreamed of writing a book – is it hard?  You will smile, look away and mutter something about how the word ‘hard’ doesn’t come close to describing the experience of writing a book.
  4. Will you write more books?  Emphasis will be placed upon the word ‘more.’ You will sigh, nod and explain that there are at least three or four books pinging around your head. Cue raised eyebrow and worried expression from relative. They might even turn to another and mumble “she’s writing more books!”
  5. Is it true you writers hear voices in your head? You cannot lie to family so you just nod.
  6. How do you come up with your ideas? If only they were sold on Amazon! You explain that coffee, sugar and hormonal fluctuations work well.
  7. A great guy at work wrote a book, he self published it and didn’t sell MANY copies. Do you think that will happen to you?  You nod and say “yes it might happen!” Cue concerned look from relative. They may even take you aside and say “he knew what he was doing and he sold next to nothing!”  You shrug your shoulders.
  8. Do you writers mainly wear tweed and a beret?  You cannot lie to family so you gush “yes – all the time!”
  9. Do you meet up with other writers in libraries?  You shake your head and say “no we all meet up on Twitter!”
  10. So what do you writers do for fun when you are not writing?  Your answer is brief “we think about writing!”

Have a wonderful day!

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

45 thoughts on “10 Questions a Writer Might Get Asked At Christmas Family Gatherings #MondayBlogs #AmWriting

  1. LOL, my mom is my alpha reader so she HAS read the naughty bits in some of my stories. The first time it happened she rolled her eyes and tells me I need more practice so I can write it better next time!! Ouch, et tu Mama?

  2. The best one was at a family gathering and someone asked me for a free book. I asked them for a free tax return. (They are a CPA) They, of course, thought my request was laughable then suddenly got the point. We didn’t talk much after that. exchange.

  3. I’ve heard most of these at some point with the exception of the voices one. My family operates on the whole don’t ask questions you really don’t want to know the answer to principle.

  4. Or worse for #7, “Did you hear about so-and-so? He wrote a book, and it’s so amazing, and it’s just great, and he got all this professional stuff done and it cost thousands of dollars, I guess… and it sounds like maybe he’s not selling a whole lot of them, but it’s really good, and so yeah, wow, his book seems really good.”

    >.< I wish him luck. I hope he gets back what he invested into the process. I don't plan on doing all that, and there's a list of pros and cons that go with that choice I'm making and–you've already moved on to some other subject so I'll stop talking about this one. 🙂

  5. I’ve been writing my book for SO LONG (interrupted by several moves, cancer, yada, yada, yada) that my family doesn’t ask anymore. 🙂 Makes it easier. Have a blessed new year filled with my inspiration, my blonde friend.

  6. #1 – I am laughing hysterically. That is my uncle. “When will you be finished the book? How long will it take you finish it?”

  7. Lucy, I was half expecting similar conversations myself, however if my family were asking them, then the “he knew what he was doing and he sold next to nothing!” He would definitely be said in bold and underlined.
    Thank you for the smile again and Happy New Year, hope it brings further inspiration your way and mine.

  8. How do you come up with all this hilarious content practically everyday of the year, Lucy?! I love all these, but #6 “You explain that coffee, sugar and hormonal fluctuations work well” really cracked me up. For. some reason, it also made me think of that cartoon where the punchline is ‘if you didn’t want to be in my novel, you shouldn’t have been so awful’! Anyway, Lucy, happy holidays to you and yours, and wishing you a successful 2017 in terms of both your book and blog.

    1. Oh, and I have one to add. It’s like a stage of grief (someone else’s grief) or something—when people don’t know what to say to a writer (maybe for fear of appearing in their next novel, unflatteringly). That’s mostly the type I get; that and ‘I don’t know what to say’ that culminates in simple congratulations (which makes me uncomfortable, though I do appreciate it).

  9. Ugh. I think I’ve heard most of those. If I had it to do over again, I honestly wouldn’t tell anyone I was writing a book. I’m also appreciative of the “That Book” comments, as if there were only one. I don’t choose to explain trunk novels to the non-writers of the world.

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