Okay, so I’ve become quite bold lately. I’ve started telling people that I write. Hey, I’ve actually thrown off my inner hermit and put myself on the web. And people, for the most part have been really nice. But the thing is once you’ve put yourself out there people tend to want to know what you write. And I’m afraid in my experience the conversation heads rapidly down hill from there. It usually goes something like this:
“Wow that’s great. What have you published?”
“Er. Well I haven’t actually finished the book yet, but I’ve got this great idea and I know how it all ends. I just need to find the time to finish it.”
“Oh. Well what’s it about?”
Now for someone who purports to like using words, this is when they usually fail me. Things I’ve actually said include:
“It’s an epic fantasy.” I’m very clear about the epic part. I once had a very awkward conversation with a real estate agent who thought I was writing erotic fiction…
“Yeah it has dragons in it.”
“There’s a guy, and his wife died and he makes some bad decisions.” Wow what a hook.
“Actually it’s a trilogy…”
So as you’ve guessed, I am still working towards the putting together a pitch stage. But in the spirit of this blog, and the sharing of the writing journey, I have put up a new page about my current work in progress – The Fall of the Kings. It has to be an improvement on the above.
To all the writers out there who might have gone through this awkward phase too, I’d love to hear how you handle the Question. And for all those wonderful people who have tried to show a genuine interest – thanks. I’m obviously a work in progress too!