Friday, February 25, 2011

Why I Keep my Dirty Little Secret

Why I don't tell most people I know that I write . . . as it was poetically put to me over a cup of coffee this morning in Boston:

"Ahh . . . really.  You know I am a fantastic typist.  I used to be a secretary you know.  Perhaps I should write a book.  I mean how hard could it actually be."

My response, puncutatied with a forced but polite smile

"Best of luck with that!"

14 comments:

  1. LOL! Some people have no idea just what writing a book entails.

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  2. Ha! I don't tell people I write either. The VERY few who I have told have responded with : "So, when will your book be published?" They have no clue!

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  3. Oh lord, that makes me want to stick my thumbs in my eyes (or theirs). That's like saying that because you drive an automobile you're somehow qualified to be a mechanic. Just because you use/enjoy the device, doesn't mean you understand how it works.

    Ridiculous.

    EJ

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  4. Ugh. That must have been painful. This is why I don't discuss it with friends either. They simply don't have the frame of reference to understand. . .at all!

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  5. Someone people have no clue how hard it is to write. Most people know I write that know me, but they don't know just how hot I write. They will find out when the book comes out soon.

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  6. That made me laugh :) I'm careful about who I tell also. I waited until the first draft of my manuscript was done before telling a select number of family and friends.

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  7. LOL!!! Silly person who has no idea. Fantastic response, Trisha!

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  8. People just don't know it's not that easy.

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  9. Yes! I also keep my writing to myself. My other favorite comment: "I've been thinking of writing children's books to earn extra money." Yeah... it's just that simple.

    My mother is also a writer, and when she sold her first book she called up a family member to tell him, and in explaining how hard the process had been, told him how many houses had rejected it. His response: "Oh, so those other X publishers were just wrong?" Ugh.

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  10. People have no idea! It's hilarious. I always encourage people to try their hand at it, but I also want to tell them, "It may cost you your sanity, just a warning!"

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