I don’t know about you, but I certainly get a lot of questions whenever I tell people I’m a writer. Most of the time, they’re the same questions over and over again, and as anybody knows, answering the same five questions all the time can be a bit repetitive and annoying.
So here are a few ways you can answer those annoying questions!
- So when it is going to be published?
When it’s finished. – No, actually, you can answer this question any way you like, but honestly, writing a novel isn’t as easy as people think it is. It’s not just words on a page, ship it off to a publisher, and a few weeks later, you can buy it off the shelves of any major bookstore. Most novels never see the light of day (at least, mine don’t) and if they do, it’s not until they see major rewrites and changes not to mention extensive proofreading.
2. What exactly is that (freelance writing)?
I get this question a lot. People seem to have absolutely no idea what being a freelance writer means aside from assuming that I do absolutely no work and just laze around the house all the time eating ice cream and watching Netflix. Truth is, when I’m not doing work for clients, I’m constantly looking for more jobs to fill in the gaps. It isn’t an easy profession either because you have to stay on your toes and jump at any opportunities that come your way.
3. Will you put me in your novel?
Believe it or not, I don’t generally want to put people I know into my novels. Odds are, your character will come off looking badly or develop one of your more annoying traits that only I see. It’s a dangerous idea to put in people you know since they might get upset at how it turns out. Only once did I put someone in (in a fictionalized form) and I made it clear that their character would be a villain.
4. How many pages is that?
When it comes to NaNoWriMo, the word count goal is 50k words, but to most non-writer people, that doesn’t translate to anything and they constantly want to know how many pages it is. I generally don’t pay attention to page count, especially when I’m writing the book. That leaves me floundering for an answer, trying to guess how many pages it would be when I really just want to say that it’s the words that matter not the number of pages. Also, it all depends on font size, paper size, margin size, and everything else so there will be no accurate page measurement until it’s actually formatted for printing.
5. Can I read it?
A lot of people may say this when you tell them you’re writing a novel, but a very small handful will actually follow through in the end. The problem also being that when they want to read it, it’s not done and I never let most people read my first draft due to inaccuracies and grammar and all that. They can read it after it’s been edited and proofread and looks much better. At the point where I’m sick of reading it, they can read it.
As a writer, you’ll get all sorts of questions and you may have to find answers to them. Or you can be vague and let people guess. It’s your choice.
What are some annoying writerly questions you get from people?