In this round, we're talking about telling people we're writers.
Well, for a long time I didn't. Writing for me was clandestine, something to be done behind closed doors. I never showed anyone my work or did anything with it.
Then I finished a book. Suddenly, what I'd been working on for so many years was finished. I had no idea what to do with it. So I started looking around for people to read it, places to send it, and contests to enter.
Now I'm proud to say I'm a writer. In fact, I've recently started using that first, before telling people what I do professionally. I mean, I'm more a writer than a cinema manager, right? Writing is my passion; managing the cinema is a job.
When I say that, people always ask one of two things: "What have you written? Would I have read it?" or "Oh, ad copy? Journalist?"
When I admit that I write novels for teenagers, they look at me funny. It's kind of half impressed, half 'this lady is a nut-job'.
But I don't write the books for them, do I? And I'm proud of what I do, even if no one really understands it...
How do people react when you say you're a writer?