Talking About Writing is Not Annoying

The topic of this post is partially related to writing, but also to life in general. And I think it's best introduced by a story.

I have a friend who really likes cars. But the other day, he mentioned that he had decided to stop talking about cars. I asked him why. He said that he didn't want to annoy anyone by talking about cars too much.

This is interesting. Because honestly, my friend doesn't talk about cars all that much. And it's not annoying at all when he does. However, he somehow perceived himself as being a motormouth (pun absolutely intended :P), and decided to stop talking about something he loves in case other people didn't like it.

I think a lot of writers face a similar dilemma. Of course, most of us would love to talk about books and writing all the livelong day. I'm willing to bet, though, that most of us don't, and the main reason is because we think we'll annoy other people.

They're not interested in how my book's going.

I talk about my WIP way too much.

I really want to tell them about my new idea, but they probably don't care.

NO. Stop that at once.

Just because you talk about something a lot, it doesn't mean you shouldn't.

Unless someone explicitly tells you they're not interested, you go ahead and talk about writing all you want. It's a part of who you are, just as much as your exam results or that funny thing your cat did yesterday. You shouldn't deny that part of yourself because you're afraid people won't like it.

To sum up: Your writing is both interesting and relevant. Feel free to talk about it as much as you want to.

PS. In case you were wondering, I managed to talk my car-loving friend into ditching his resolution, and we had a very nice discussion about the relative merits of the Lamborghini Aventador.

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