by Clare O'Donohue
One type of common writer conversation has been covered so well this week already (The “I’m a writer who doesn’t write but I have great ideas, and that's what matters” chat. Every writer has had this conversation. Seriously, where do these people come from?)
So I thought I’d write my favorite kind of writing conversation, several of which I had last weekend at Bouchercon, the annual mystery convention.
Writer: Are you an author?
Me: I am. I write two mystery series.
Writer: I’m a mystery writer too. (I’m a bestseller, my first book is coming out, I write cozies, thrillers, historical…. This part doesn’t really matter). It’s fun isn’t it?
Me: The writing part? So much fun.
Writer: I’m working on a new book and one of my characters refuses to die. He was supposed to be my victim, and he’s not having it.
Me: My characters have been ignoring everything I say. Especially this new guy. He was supposed to be in one scene, but he said the funniest things so I kept him around. Problem is, he’s changing everything and I…
Writer: … don’t know what will happen next? Been there. In fact, I’m there now. Wouldn’t have it any other way? Would you?
Me: Nope. It sounds crazy to say it out loud doesn't it?
Writer: Not to me. Though my characters think you're a bit messed up.
(Conversation interrupted by another writer)
Writer 2: Do either of you know a good poison that would seem like a heart attack? Something I could put in a drink?
Writer & Me (together): We do.
(Passing waiter looks slightly unnerved that three seemingly normal people are so delighted by discussing ways to kill others.)