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January’s Question: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?
It’s been quite a while since I referred to myself as a writer. I’ve spent the past several years dealing with impostor syndrome and doing everything in the world except writing. If I slipped up and called myself a writer today, follow-up questions would be answered with a lot of hemming and hawing, an awkward smile, and an abrupt parting of ways.
My favorite questions I’ve been asked have come from other writers: Where do you get your inspiration? (Everywhere.) How do you break through writer’s block? (I don’t. Eventually it erodes on its own.) “What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?” (Hey! Who do you think you are quoting Monty Python at me like that?!)
Really, there are only two questions that make my blood boil:
- What do you write about?
- Have you written anything I’ve read?
I manage to keep my cool, but silent snarky comments abound. Such as:
- The airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.
- I don’t know. What do you read?
It’s natural for non-writers to ask basic questions. But it’s the questions asked by other writers, that really get to the heart of what and why I do what I do, that I appreciate being asked the most. Even if my answers are rather sub par.
Let’s get the beach ball rolling: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your passions?