I’ve been sitting at this desk staring at the screen thinking of what to write that might interest other people.
Seems I’m not too good at it.
So, I moved seats, to sit opposite the writer’s chair and took a good long hard look at the person, the so-called writer, conjuring up in my mind, if I was someone I’d just dragged in off the street, what would I ask?
Would I bother?
I mean most of of walk down the street trying to avoid everyone else, and anything bad that might happen.
But I’m here now, so for a free cup of tea and a Doubletree cookie, I consider myself bribed.
Question 1: Why on earth would you want to write when there’s a billion other books out there? Seems a complete waste of time to me.
[Answer] Good point, most days when I get out of bed, or rather stare at the ceiling from under the covers, I wonder why I bother to get up.
OK that’s the borderline manic depressive speaking, and most likely suffering from a hangover, trying to get those last 1,000 words for the day done.
Question 2: You write when you’re drunk? That must make a lot of sense, not!
This person has found me out in two questions.
[Answer] No, a little Scotch helps oil the wheels on the mind.
Question 3: What do you do for inspiration?
[Answer] Thinking up new and novel ways of killing off people I drag in off the street to ask me questions about myself. No, sorry, didn’t mean that. I haven’t a mean bone in my body. Inspiration you say?
The inquisitor does. There are seven floor to ceiling bookcases full of my favorite authors, about 4,000 or so books, aside from the reference library that is mostly in e-book format which run to about 10,000.
Question 4: You read all of these?
[Picks up a copy of ‘Kill Me If You Can’ by James Patterson] This one.
I nod yes. I have read most of them. I tell him writers must read. Someone told me that a long time ago. Not only thrillers and crime, but the classics. I found War and Peace heavy going, but not so much as Madame Bovary, or Vanity Fair.
You can ask one more question.
Question 5: Can I borrow this book [James Patterson]
As always the answer is yes. I encourage people to read. It doesn’t have to be my work. It would be nice but I;m realistic enough to know there’s a billion other books out there I have to compete with.