The other day I was introduced to a new neighbor by another neighbor, with this:
"Kristi is a writer."
That I filled with: "Um, yeah, it's fun."
And that was that.
I asked my friends in the Facebook Mystery Writers of America Midwest group what they say in these cases so they don't come off as goofy as I did.
Now, I'm all about taking ownership and proudly stating you are a writer. But sometimes saying you are a writer opens you up to all sorts of weirdness.
Here are some great answers my MWA friends offered instead of my lame "fun. me writer."
WHAT DO YOU SAY?
Oh, Kristi--I feel your pain! Whenever I identify myself as a writer, I feel like a kid working at McDonalds in Manhattan must feel when she says: "I'm an actress."
I'm so glad I'm not the only one! And what do you do when a friend praises you to strangers about the wonderful books you write, but describes them in such a way that you know they've never read a single one?
"I write mysteries."
"Yeah, I write mysteries. What do you do?"
"I write crime fiction." And "Yeah, it's fun," because that's totally true, too.
"I kill people for a living how about you?"
"I lie for a living, but I'm not a politician."
"Meeting new people is such a great experience. I get so much material that way!"
"You know that Beatles' song -- Paperback Writer. They wrote that about me."
Option 1-A: Have your phone ringtone set for "Paperback Writer" with the ability to automatically play on demand whenever someone asks you this question.
Answer 2: "It's better than being a wronger"
Answer 3: "It's not my fault. I come from a long line of ne'er-do-wells and scallawags."
What do you say?