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#IWSG: Favorite–or Not–Question

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question:  What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

My favorite question–always–is Tell me more. I love talking about writing, my characters, the stories tumbling through my brain, but too often, I see eyes glaze over as people really aren’t interested in a fantasy world of my creation. When I find someone who wants to hear more, I feel like I hit the jackpot, survived gas station sushi–that sort of luck.

My least favorite question: Tell me about your book. I know–weird–but it’s because I never have that elevator pitch of a couple of dozen words down. I ramble and before I’ve completely explained what the book is about, I’ve lost their interest. I really need to work on that.

Thanks for visiting! I’ll be over to see you soon.

More IWSG articles:

Creativity, Life, and Writing

How Writing Cures What Ails Me

What publishing path and why

Pitfalls to Publishing


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and Born in a Treacherous Timefirst in the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for TeachHUB and NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Survival of the Fittest, March 2019. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

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89 thoughts on “#IWSG: Favorite–or Not–Question

  1. Hi Jackie – it’s funny how people don’t seem to understand … books have to come from somewhere and authors have to start off … elevator pitches would be good to settle to … not so easy to find. You’re doing so well with your books and promotions – I’ll be across to see your more recent posts shortly – cheers and a very Happy New Year – Hilary

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  2. Nobody knows that i write. People my age are least interested in reading the kind of stuff i write. They’re all into instagram blogs about fashion and skin care. HAHA. So my friends don’t read my blog. And i just have some people on wordpress who like and appreciate my work here and there. that’s it.

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  3. There is an art to compelling ORAL story-telling, just as there is an art to good writing.
    Many writers don’t have both skills which is true for most creative people – great singers can’t always dance . . . and great dancers are sometimes tone deaf.

    I often return a boring book back to the library without finishing it . . . harder to do that with people . . .

    This is obviously from the point of view of ME . . . , can’t carry a tune, have two left feet and I’m not an author!

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  4. Hi, Jacqui! Sometimes I think that the closer the relationship a person has with me, the less interested he or she is in my writing. I guess it’s a form of “Verily I say onto you, no prophet is accepted in his own country.” Like everyone else seems to be saying, I need to work on that elevator pitch! All the best to you in the new year!

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  5. Jacqui,

    The ‘elevator pitch’ is something I’m not good at, either. I think many struggle with keeping it captivatingly brief that begs for the curious seekers to reach for more. Best of luck in 2019 to get that part down pat! 😉

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  6. I’d say the worst question I get is …. ready for it? “Are you STILL writing?!” The implication is that I should have completed that ‘hobby’ a long time ago. Ouch. Another question I receive that’s not mean-spirited, but is difficult to answer, is “How’s your next book coming along?” Authors like you Jacqui know that sometimes the page-count comes along nicely, other times we’re just at our desk pounding our head in our hands. 🙂 The best question? “Where can I buy your book(s)?” 🙂

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  7. Sometimes when my daughter asks me about my book, her eyes glaze over when I start giving her all these little details, but sometimes she gets excited about the book. That really helps spur me on in the writing department.

    Have a productive 2019!

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  8. I relate deeply to both of your responses. “Tell me more” gives me the freedom to rant about what excites me. “What’s your book about?” pressures me to try to excite YOU.

    I think the one I both love and hate to hear is, “Where’s the next book?” Love it because it’s a well-meaning encouragement but hate it because I know how far I have to go before I can say, “Right here, want a copy?”

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    • Good differences. I hadn’t thought of it that way but you’re right, aren’t you. That path to the next book is so much more complicated than most people realize. Well, except for some of these whale writers, like Paul Thompson who writes a book every month in his series. Yikes!

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  9. Useful question to ask Jacqui. Help yuou understand yourself better as a writer. I like it when people ask me “what do you write about?” or “what is it about?”. Least favourite…ummm…”so when is your next book coming out?”

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  10. My work colleagues and friends never ask about my books. Accountants seem to find the idea of one of their own actually having a creative streak sufficiently astonishing without the need to probe deeper. I hope you had a good break, Jacqui.

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