When it comes to the convoluted business of writing, a few things immediately come to mind. Such as …
- Being a writer is like being a politician. You get to make up @#$! and your fans love it.
- Being a writer is like being a plumber. Somewhere around the middle of the job you find yourself elbow deep in @#$!
- Writers are like prostitutes. They do it for money but the income arrives in small amounts at random times.
- Agents are like pimps without the purple suede leisure suits and feathers in their hats. Oh, wait …
- A good book is like a large pot of coffee. It keeps you awake all night.
- Sitting at a keyboard while clacking away at random characters is something an illiterate chimp can do. Much of today’s media is proof that chimps are better at it.
AutocolonoscopyAutocorrect is great, except when it isn’t.
- A great book is a like a fine statue. Their creators started with an idea and then carved away everything that didn’t help tell the story.
- Writers are like cops. They like coffee and whiskey and telling tall tales … and whiskey. I know, this one was an eye-roller …
10. A bad story is like a snow skier. They’re both start at out on a slow upward climb toward the summit. Then it’s all downhill from there until they reach the end, which is often totally uneventful.Unless it’s not. But you’ll never know what it’s like until you start the climb.
11. The words of a good book remain forever. The words of a politician remain only until the next big donation comes along.
12. Real-life bad guys, to save themselves a lot of grief, should take the time to read a mystery book. By doing so they’d know the good guys always win in the end.
13. Good books are like the bed in a by-the-hour motel. Lots of action between the covers.
14. Great ideas make great books, except when they don’t.
15. Social media can be like a cancer. No punch line. It truly can be like a cancer.
16. The bravest men and women in the world today are currently sitting at home, ranting and raving away on Facebook, telling people just how brave they are. Then they play video games like the popular Conquer the World Using Really Big Fake Guns and Lots of Noise and with People Who Live and Die a Bunch Each time the Game is Played. So march on, brave basement warriors. March on. Oh, the next time you go upstairs … get a job! There’s always greeting customers at Weirdomart, or selling fries at Booger Joe’s Burger Joint. They’re both hiring.
17. Lone literary agents at writers conferences are like the innocent fawns that tiptoe through the forest—they both know an attack could come at any moment. This is why experienced agents travel in packs. A herd of snarky, seasoned literary agents typically fares well. It’s the newbie who chats with anyone at any time who falls prey to the predatory writer(s). This is the agent we’ll not see again until they receive intensive retraining. He or she will need to hone the skills of avoiding writers at all cost. They must polish the combined technique of how to say, “Send me twenty pages of this delightful manuscript,” while simultaneously devising a clever means of destroying the pages before he/she heads back to their hotel room. Then comes the most difficult lesson of all—how to never, not ever, answer an email or phone call from writers. This one is tough, at first, because the natural instinct is to pick up when our phones jingle, and to open emails as they arrive in our inboxes. However, agents have managed to acquire the ability to ignore writers without a speck of remorse for their rudeness. Amazing ability. simply amazing.
18. A firefighter and a police officer enter a bar at a mystery writers conference. They’ll know better next time.
19. Two drunks and a writer enter a bar during a writers conference. Three drunks come out.
20. Twenty separate news articles about the same topic are written by twenty different “reporters” at twenty different media agencies. Each of the twenty stories are dramatically different. Neither relay sthe same “facts.” Some offer praise. Some are dark and dreary. Others are light and happy. Some are filled with opinion (hatred or love). None, however, are accurate. The story is all over the place. Unfortunately, this is today’s reporter. Bull … loney.
And I know exactly what he speaks of, and it’s not something you’d want to step in …