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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Are You Still Writing?

Since I grew up in the county, taught in local schools, and have been an active member in several organizations, I often chance to meet people I may not have seen in several years. I bump into them at the deli counter or in the mall and very often the conversation starts out, "Are you still writing?"

Oh well. They are not great fans and haven't looked me up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble lately. That's okay. From what I've heard, there are a lot of people too busy to read. :^(

I find it a disconcerting question. My sister thought as a conversation starter it was a step above, "Are you still breathing?"

At any rate, I figure I'm lucky they recognize me.

But yes, I'm still writing. I started writing a long time ago and I enjoy the process. Telling stories is what I do. I retired from teaching, but I am not going to retire from writing--unless I become too feeble to type.

Other writers understand the joy of it. I had a blast the other day typing out my heroine's dream sequence. I suppose some people thinks that's really crazy, but I can't help myself. I've got plenty of stories to tell.

Nevertheless, I feel I need a witty comeback for those people who ask if I'm still writing. Any ideas?


@AithneJarretta said...

The crazy part would be not writing your heroine's dream sequence. When we don't write everything bottles up & that's not healthy. You don't need me to convince you to continue writing, but I say Good Luck! with your WIP. ;D

SM Johnson said...

"Are you still breathing?"


Sometime we don't write because it's fun, we write because we HAVE to. It's not a choice.

Penelope Marzec said...

Aidthne: Thanks for the lucky wishes. :^)

SM Johnson: True. It isn't really a choice. Sometimes it isn't easy, either.