Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Secret Writer

I didn't tell anyone about my writing until I had a finished first draft of something I thought had potential.

SUSAN: Hey Dad...

DAD: Yes, honey?

SUSAN: (awkward pause)

DAD: What?

SUSAN: .......

DAD: What did you want, Susan?

SUSAN: (gulps) I have a question.

DAD: Okay, hold on--could you just get me that box of zip ties out of my closet?

SUSAN: (sigh of relief) Sure. No problem.

Susan comes back with zip ties and gives them to her dad, who uses them to secure a bundle of extension cords or something equally engineer-like. Susan starts to leave the room.

DAD: What was that question you said you had for me?

SUSAN: (takes deep breath, tries to supress the feeling she might vomit) How would you suggest I print out a 400 page word document?

DAD: What? How many pages?

SUSAN: Four hundred.

DAD: What is it?

SUSAN: It's a book.

DAD: What book?

SUSAN: My book.

DAD: But what's the title? I'm sure we can get it for you another way.

SUSAN: I wrote it.

DAD: You--what--HOW MANY PAGES IS IT?!

He was very surprised and impressed and confused. It was extremely awkward.

And that was the beginning.

4 comments:

  1. Yey for supportive parents--at least I hope your dad is supportive! My oldest daughter is writing a novel, and I've had long conversations about the publishing industry with her, and tried to provide tips and encouragement. I hope your experience is similar. :)

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  2. Yes, my parents are supportive--I'm very lucky.

    It is, however, more of an "I respect what you're doing and I'll help you if I ever can" kind of support than a "here, let me share my writing wisdom" kind of support.

    I actually prefer this. The writing process isn't something I feel the need to share with them. It's not that I don't trust them. It's just easier for me to deal with all the ups and downs of the writing process if I maintain a certain level of privacy.

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  3. On the other hand, I think it's wonderful that you can help out your daughter with her writing. I've always thought that the parent-child relationship between two writers must be especially fulfilling.

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  4. Haha this sounds about right. My dad sort of did the same thing, but he wasn't as surprised. Apparently both my parents have thought I was going to be a writer since I was really little.

    I still don't talk to them much about the process and things--it's not that they don't care, but they aren't nearly as interested as some other people are (like awesome people you meet online! :D)

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