The names have been changed to protect well, no one It was just fun to do. I thought after the delightful weekend battle of the titans, that the publishing industry could use a slightly more amusing bit of nonsense to talk about.

Friend: You deal with writers, right?
Me: Yes.
Me: Why?
Friend: Interested…
Me: Interested in?
Friend: The writing aspect of it
Friend: Idk what one would need to get started
Friend: A class mate from college and I wrote the script for our student feature and it garnered a lot of positive praise. Also I figured I have the drinking and drugs down so I am half way there
Me: An idea, a place to write, sound command of the written language, the ability to create characters and make them seem like real people and provide a backdrop of world with a motive story to make it interesting
Friend: Hmmm
Friend: Where do the drugs come in?
Me: No one cares either way if you sell
Friend: Outside of writing "Harry Potter" does a writer make enough to live off of?
Me: Usually no.
Me: Very few writers live off their writing.
Friend: Good good. Thank you.
Friend: Back to being a bum, I mean beagle
Me: Heh. But writers can have groupies.
Friend: Wait! I’d love groupies!
Me: I’m sure you would.
Me: Um do you mind if I blog this conversation?
Friend: Lol, go for it.

Much as I’m sure it will surprise everyone who knows me, this conversation was conducted via BlackBerry Messenger.

  • LOL thanks for sharing it.
    It reminds me of a story my editor told about the time that one of his daughter's friends learned that her mother (my editor's wife) was a writer and said in astonishment, "I didn't know you were rich!"

  • *shakes head*
    To be a writer, you have to have Words In Your Head that have to come out lest they asplody your brain.
    Everything else is optional. (Including being published. Being published is making lemonade, in a sense.)

  • Little money, but groupies. These terms are acceptable.