On being friends with a writer.

I had the opportunity to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile yesterday.  When I was trying to sleep last night, it occurred to me that both friends asked me the same question, “How’s your writing?”

Oh friends, I love you.

I realized they could have asked me “How are things at work?” or “What’s going on at the University?” or “Where are you traveling next?” But they didn’t.  Maybe it’s because they know me.  Maybe it’s because while work is where I spend most of my week (for now), it’s not a topic I really want to spend any time on (especially on the weekends).

The thing you have to know about any author is that we LOVE to talk about our characters, manuscripts and other writing activities.  If you give us time, we will talk to you for hours (and hours).  Anyway, while the question may seem innocuous enough to you – trust me – it’s one of the most meaningful things you can ask a writer.  So, if you have a few minutes to spare, please inquire, because we would love to tell you.


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