Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"Are you really a writer?" "No, I'm an elephant."
The difference between being a writer and not being a writer is ... writing. One of the questions that always makes me laugh, "Are you really a writer?" or "What have you written?" I'll address each one in order. Am I really a writer? As opposed to what? An elephant? An accountant? (Ew ... I could never in 10 trillion years be an accountant.) What qualifies me as a writer? I wrote a paper in 6th grade ... all right I'll quit being sarcastic. Hapless and well-meaning folk ask me that question. It's okay, I forgive you. Next time you tell me you're a manager, I'll ask you, "Do you really manage something?" Now I'm messing with you. Yes, I am really a writer, and lions and tigers and bears oh my! I am a publisher too. I once had a gal say to me, "You know a real publishing company." I started looking around and wondering if I was invisible. Then I looked at all of my "fake" books ... hmm ... the Invisible Publishing Company -- that name works too. Now for the question, "What have I written?" Oh no! I've been writing professionally since I was 22-years-old. At the risk of sounding like I need granny panties, that's a whole lot of professional writing to cover. I've written for regional and national magazines, companies internal and external newsletters, white papers galore, screenplays (I had a movie air on Showtime), and now four books including my latest (and first novel) California Girl Chronicles now available for sale on my website and Amazon. I guess I could be a smart ass again and say, "I actually fake it." Actually, I faked the whole thing including this blog. Nope! I don't blog daily! Oh, does that require writing? Who knew.