A Writer? How Does That Work?
My new neighbor and I are chatting, getting to know each other when he asks, “A writer, eh? How does that work?” The usual question is what do you write—that one I’m prepared for—but how does that work? Talk about an open ended question!
Do I tell him that I absorb Life and rain it down on the page? That my mind is tuned to observe, listen and record—that I’ll stop people in the middle of what they are saying just to write down the inspiration for a title, a scene, or something to research? That I’m never truly alone…accompanied always by a ready pen and a pregnant inspiration?
I size him up. No, he’s a retired JPL engineer. “Most people start by writing for the Internet and slowly build a portfolio,” I reply. A safe answer, an acceptable answer, a horribly boring answer; gravity wins again.
By Robyn Chausse
Your turn! What is your response when asked about your writing? Do you offer a safe answer or tell it like it is? How would you answer the question, “A writer? How does that work?”