We've talked about this before, but something happened to me last week that made me want to talk about it again.
For the unpublished writers: Do you tell people you're a writer? And for the published writers: Do you tell people you write romance?
As many of you know, I work on the copy desk of a large regional magazine. Last week, I was working with one of our writers on a rather challenging story--the writing was exquisite, but the editor kept changing his mind about the concept. As we expressed our frustration about various things, she whispered to me "You know what has really helped me? I've started writing a novel..." (I was thrilled to hear this because she should. She's a brilliant writer.) Words spewed from my mouth: "Oh that's fantastic! What's it about? What publisher are you targeting? How far along are you? I'm going to send you some great agent blogs that contain a wealth of information. And here's my list of 'dream agents.' You know, you really have to be careful because there are so many scams..."
And then I saw the look on her face, a look that clearly said "What in the world are you talking about and how did you know all this stuff?" I got quiet and said "I've written a book too. Well, actually I've written six. I write romantic fiction. Nothing's been published, but I do have a manuscript with an editor at Avalon right now..."
The biggest smile broke out across her face. "JoAnn, that's WONDERFUL! I had no idea!" and we launched into a discussion of characters and writing habits and scenes and publishers and agents and all those other topics writers love to talk about.
The next day, on my desk, I found a card and little silk bag containing three tiny silver hearts. The card said "JoAnn, just remember your true identity is romance novelist. The copy desk is just your cover!"
What's something special someone's done for you that affirmed your true identity?