- Continually trying to answer the question...can a man of few words write a successful novel?
I'm a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense writer from small town USA who struggles everyday to balance my passion for prose against the need to be a full-time bread winner. Finding ways to devote more time to my writing is the challenge, but for now all I can do is follow this tug at my heart to wherever it leads. I'm here primarily to soak up all the knowledge I can from the writing-centric blogosphere, but I'll do my best to contribute by thinking of new and innovative ways to churn the writing pot.
Friday, October 14, 2011
The Coffee Shop Revisited
Writer #2: Hey everybody. Been waiting long?
Writer #1: No, we just sat down. Writer #2, let me introduce you to Writer #4, she’s new to the neighborhood. She writes YA.
Writer #2: So glad to meet you.
Writer #4: *hiccup* Sorry, I think my iced coffee gave me the hiccups. Happy to meet you as well.
Writer #2: Isn’t it fun watching our little group grow?
Writer #3: Some of us more than others.
Writer #2: What has you in such a foul mood? Why the sad face?
Writer #3: I’m just wondering why she gets to be writer #1. Where is it written that she gets to be #1 and I have to be stuck being writer #3?
Writer #1: *sigh* I’ve been trying to explain to her that it isn’t a ranking system, just a method in which individuality can be maintained.
Writer #3: You can say that until your blue in the face, but I know the truth.
Writer #1: I don’t have an agent, and you do. I haven’t been published, and you have. I’ve not won any awards for my short-fiction, and you have. Why in the world would you think that makes me #1?
Writer #3: You do realize that you’re making my point for me?
Writer #2: Personally, I like the number 3. If you put a less-than symbol in front of it, you get a sideways heart.
Writer #3: What are you talking about?
Writer #4: I know I’m new…*hiccup*…but does it really matter?
Writer #2: It actually does. Continuity is a very important story element.
Writer #1: Will it make you feel better if instead of writer 1...2...3…4, we instead use A, B,C,D?
Writer #3: Can I be writer A?
Writer #1: No, we should stay in the same sequence as before.
Writer #3: So I’d be a C? Average??
Writer #1: Good gosh.
Writer #4: What about using colors? I’m wearing a blue top, so I can be writer blue. *hiccup*
Writer #1: And I’m wearing a gold sweater, so I’d be writer gold?
Writer #3: I can go along with that. No implied sense of stature! So I’m now writer red.
Writer #2: But what if we’re not wearing any clothes?
Writer Gold: But you are wearing clothes, quite nice ones I might add, so now you’re writer black.
Writer Red: For some reason that seems so perfect!
Writer Blue: So, what does everyone else write?
Writer Gold: I write steamy romances.
Writer Red: Fantasy.
Writer Black: I tinker around with mystery/suspense.
Writer Blue: You’re joking?
Writer Black: No, why?
Writer Red: So how did writer blue and you meet?
Writer Gold: It’s the funniest thing. She commented on one of my comments I left on DL’s blog and we started emailing one another back and forth. One thing led to another…
Writer Red: Wait a minute! DL’s blogging again? I thought he pulled the plug.
Writer Gold: I thought so too, but a couple weeks ago he popped up on my reader and sure enough, he’s back. Isn’t it wonderful?
Writer Red: How long do you think he’s going to stick around this time?
Writer Blue: I only recently found him. How long has he been blogging?
Writer Black: Since 2009. He writes mysteries too.
Waitress: Ma’am, that gentleman in the corner with the Mac book sent this coffee over for you.
Writer Black: That is sooo sweet!
Writer Gold: You’ve got to be kidding me? She’s being hit on in a coffee shop?
Writer Red: I’m not surprised. If she pops open one more button on that blouse I’d hit on her myself.
Writer Blue: I think I recognize him from somewhere?
Writer Gold: Whatever you do, no one smile at him!
Writer Black: But he bought me a coffee.
Writer Gold: For goodness sake, he’s dressed in a dark colored raincoat with a hoodie underneath and there’s not a cloud in those 80 degree skies.
Writer Red: And he’s using a Mac Book.
Writer Blue: Oh my god! He’s getting up and looking this way.
Writer Gold: Shit!
Writer Blue: I think my hiccups are gone.
Posted by DL Hammons at 3:17 PM