Write this, not that. With a shark.

I’m willing to bet every one of my writer friends has had this happen to them at least once. Even if you’re not a writer, watch this video. It will give you not only a laugh, but some insight into the marvelous world of being an author.

Oh, by the way, this really does happen at conferences with agents. Or so I’m told.


42 thoughts on “Write this, not that. With a shark.

    • I know, right! Glad it gave you a laugh. When I saw it yesterday I was rolling on the floor. I’ve seriously had friends do this to me. At some point you just have to say, ‘Yeah, no. That’s an entirely different book and I’m not going to write it.’

      Kill him in the first chapter, no don’t. Well, maybe… Arrrgh! Like you said, too many voices in our heads already.

  1. SO funny! I haven’t experienced that with an agent, but I have with people who are NOT writers. Lots of times. šŸ™‚

  2. I LOVE THIS! I have to echo what Coleen said. Never had this experience with someone professional, but people who don’t write? Totally. I even have one friend who doesn’t understand what imagination is because he’s such a realist. Example conversation?

    Me: So this character. What if you could meet them?
    Him: But they’re fake, so I can’t.
    Me: Well I know that. But what if you COULD? What would you ask them?
    Him: But I can’t meet them. So there’s no point in trying to figure that out. How would I think of what to ask a person who doesn’t exist anyway?
    Me: *headdesk*

    (The irony of this is he loves fantasy books. He makes my head hurt. lol)

    • I have a *cough, cough* friend exactly like that. He may or may not be related to me. šŸ˜‰

      The ideas I get from friends always cracks me up. It’s like they didn’t even listen to what my book was about, they just think I should write ‘their’ book. Aggravating, but hilarious nonetheless.

  3. I had an agent once suggest that I make Peri a nun. She was about 12 years old and couldn’t understand why Peri would be 50 – I guess she could be 50 if she was a nun. OR NOT. JUST SOMETHING LIKE A NUN. OR A GUN MOLL. BUT NOT…

    I also met a woman who found out I write humor columns. “You know what you need in your columns?” she asked as if she’d read anything I did.
    “Recipes.” She was quite triumphant about this, so I told her I’d think about it.

      • That bad-witch is going to get a slow, torturous death in my story. Lots of screaming, then begging, then moaning in agony. Not that I hold a grudge or anything.

  4. HAHAHA! I don’t think I could even respond to someone like that. I’d just give them a blank look, gather my things, and walk out the door.

    I’d be envisioning their head as my target the next time I went cardio boxing, too.

  5. That was great Tameri! Where did you ever find that clip? Hilarious! Oh the Brits can be so funny sometimes. Now I’m gonna have this running through my head the rest of the day. LOL! šŸ™‚

    • Well Karen, I’d really like to take the creative genius credit for finding this, but Michael Steven Gregory, the director of that conference I love ~ he’s the one who found it for me. He put it up on FB and I promptly swiped it. I thought you all would enjoy it and I was right!

  6. I haven’t had this happen with an agent, but I have had friends/family suggest… “Why don’t you write something about…” Thanks for the entertainment!

    • You’re welocme, Traci. Glad you enjoyed it! What do you tell your friends/family when they *suggest* an amazing book you could write? I need some good ideas since none of my replies work.

    • What is it about those Brits that make them so darn funny in a dry, sarcastic way that we just love? My favorite show right now is the Graham Norton show. He’s so witty and snarky, but endearing. Love them!

  7. SO funny!! I never get tired of that one. I actually had a similar experience once with an editor (not nearly that bad) and I just left the meeting shaking my head.
    Awesome video! Thanks for the giggle.

    • You should blog about that (change names, of course!). I bet that was one interesting meeting. I don’t know what I’d do if an editor did something like this with me. Start laughing, maybe. Then that would be inappropriate and I’d get the hiccups and all flustered and then I’d probably fart just to seal the deal.

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