On Saturday, I went to a wedding. It was a lovely affair, peopled by friends from college. Lots of fun had by all.
In the course of the evening, I talked to a friend who, when I asked what he was doing now, replied, "Writing, teaching and traveling." I was struck by his priorities, but first asked about his teaching. Then, I bucked up and asked about his writing. He is a screenwriter in L.A. who has an agent, and is currently making the rounds at studios, trying to sell one of his projects.
I decided to take his example and be bold. I told him about my own writing, my search for an agent, and the poor market for my kind of stories right now. We talked shop for a while, discussing crit partners and sharing your work and the fact that "writing is rewriting."
He told me in L.A. lots of people say they are writers just because they have an idea. They've never put a word on paper. I've heard a lot about this on the Interwebz--that the distinguishing feature of writers is that they write. But this was the first time I ran into someone who had experience with it firsthand.
I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by such an active community of writers, on Twitter, on my blog and in my critique group. And I wanted to give all of you props for getting out that and doing it everyday. Writers write, my friends, and you guys do that.