I truly had a marvelously comical thing happen to me the other day.
It was last hour and I was sitting in class talking to a friend of mine. I haven’t known this girl very long. We officially met last year, but only really started talking this year and getting to know each other.
We were talking in class and she mentioned something I’d posted on Facebook (what exactly it was, I can’t remember now) and she said: “Your status made me laugh so hard, Grace, you should really just become an author; I would read all of your work.”
I looked at her for a moment. Blinked. And started laughing.
Now all of my close friends know I write. They’ve been around my craziness too much to not have figured out that the imaginary friends in my head are what cause my insanity, but this girl knew nothing of my writing.
This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten a comment like this. English teachers have suggested it, classmates have mused about it, but I always find it funny how easy it sounds when non-writers say it.
Not too long ago I had some classmates figure out that I’m an aspiring novelist. One of them asked what my novel was about and I gave them a watered-down premise.
“Sounds cool,” one of them said. “You should publish it.”
If only it were that easy.
About a month and a half later this same classmate came up to me. “Hey, Grace, have you gotten that book published yet?”
I just stared at him, wondering if he seriously thought a book could be published in such a short amount of time and if he really thought it was that easy. Apparently he did. I bit back the sarcastic remark of “really swell actually, I’ve been on the New York Times best-seller list for a few weeks now, haven’t you noticed?” and just settled for “not yet. Still workin’ on it.”
As some non-writers see it, getting a book published is probably sort of easy, right? I mean James Patterson gets like three books a year published, doesn’t he? I mean if your book’s good there should be lots of people who want to publish it, I mean, I know I’d buy it.
This never fails to entertain me.
When people who don’t know about my writing comment on my writing ability, it’s always flattering but often a bit humorous.
So when my friend told me “you should just become an author. I would read all your work.” I gave a sincere smile tinted with a bit of wry amusement, looked at her and said:
“Ah, thanks. I’ll be sure to get right on that.”
Little Lady out 😉