Writers, if you're looking for contests to submit your works check out my Contests page. There are two with deadlines coming up soon.
On to the regularly scheduled program.......
Questions such as:
Do you know who wrote…..?
Do you have a copy of….?
Is this book worth anything?
And my favorite:
I’m looking for a book but don’t know the title or who wrote it but if I tell you what the book is about do you think you could you find it for me?
(I've got a good batting average on this one: only twice in four years of owning my shop have I not been able to find a book based on the teensiest of clues)
When customers discover that I’m an author, the conversation goes like this:
C: “Really. What do you write?”
That answer elicits various responses, the most common:
“Oh, those kind of books”
“Never read 'em.”
“I only read non-fiction.”
“Are they Christian romances?”
“I love romances! What kind do you write? Where can I find your books? Do you have them here?”
(I really like that last one :-)
When the person asking questions is also a writer and as yet unpublished, he/she busts out with a whole different set of questions:
~How long does it take you to
write a book?
~How can I get published?
~How many rewrites do you do?
~What do you do when you get writer's block?
‘Get Writer’s Block’. Sounds like a painful intestinal something-or-other that I really want to avoid. This isn't a question I can answer because I haven't experienced it. I’ve sunk into Writer’s Quicksand, waded through a Writer’s Swamp, trudged through a Writer’s Desert...
If after the read-aloud and deliberating about what comes next in the story I still can't see where it goes and make my fingers dance over the keys, I'll have to say So Long, Not Meant To Be.
In your job and career you probably have experienced a variation of Writer's Block. What's your cure for it?