"In my experience, when I’ve told someone “I’m a writer,” the two most common responses are the following:
1) No response, head nod/smile.
2) “I wrote a novel once” or “I have an idea for a book, let me tell you about it.”
On occasion, the person may ask what I’ve written (“Can I get it at Amazon?”) or the dreaded “What are your books about?” but the conversation feels strictly one-sided and I’m often left rambling about how it’s only something I do on the side, not my real job or anything, oh no, that would be crazy. The social level guilt is a kind of “distant-guilt” because 1) No one understands writers and 2) No one outside of writing circles and MFA groups wants to engage in a two hour speculative discussion on what Donald Antrim is working on.”
Shane Jones, “700 Cats: Why I Write.”
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHY WON’T YOU REPLY? IT’D BE EASIER TO HAVE MY HUMANITY ACKNOWLEDGED BY A NORTH KOREAN PRISON GUARD! JUST REPLY!
Some electronic correspondence between writer Randy Boyagoda and an editor of a literary magazine.
I just posted the writing class schedule for Writing Workshops Los Angeles, the creative writing school for the brave, enthusiastic and talented. If that’s you, sign up!
And please re-blog for all LA-based writers.
Yes, that’s right, folks. Our own Edan Lepucki’s offering writing courses.
"Like many novelists, I tend to experience an existential crisis every time I finish a book. Why bother? Why engage in such an intangible and self-involved vocation when I could be doing something more tangibly and socially useful? (i.e., stopping a pipeline, regrouting the bathroom.) Why write longform narrative in a world that prefers to live swiftly and episodically?"
— The Beautiful Afterlife of Dead Books by Kyo Maclear