I have days when I wish I hadn’t told other people that I’m writing a book. I’m not talking about other writers, I mean the people at work or in my other classes who may not even read books.
No matter how much I explain they just don’t get it and they keep asking the same questions.
Q: Have you finished the book yet?
A: Yes, but I’m writing it all over again. Books go through many drafts.
*get confused stare from interrogator*
Q: So do you hand it over to an editor now and they fix it for you?
A: Hell no. No one is that crazy. I do my own editing until it is ready for publishers/agents to read and if they like it, I rewrite and edit all over again.
*get vacant nod from interrogator*
Q: When do I get to read it?
A: When it’s published and on the shelves.
*get small snicker and comment on my marketing prowess from interrogator*
Q: So do you just put it up on the internet when it’s done for people to read?
A: No, I’ll submit to agents/publishing houses that I think might be interested. That in itself could take more than a year depending on what happens.
*by this time interrogator’s eyes have glazed over and I wonder why they bothered asking*
Fellas, you asked me these questions last week!
To be fair, there are some really great people who aren’t writers but seem to understand what I do. I have one friend at work that clips out writing competitions for me and another who lends me his anthropology and archaeology books for my research.
If you’re feeling brave, let me know what your most commonly asked questions are or if you have a standard story to distract interrogators from their very annoying questions. I’m considering telling people that aliens are helping me write my book in the hope that will be enough to scare them off but I’m up for ideas.