This week I was asked to speak at a High School Creative Writing class. Uh yeah, that's right. It happened. And yes, I realize it sounds crazy that a girl with a blog called the B-Word, and who also writes books about a high school junior who kills people, would be asked to mentor our youth. But really, it happened.
It went something like this:
Me: Writing is hard! If you want to do something easy, be a dentist!
Student: But isn't dental school hard too?
Me: Yes, but only for four years and then it's all gravy. With writing, it may take a lot longer, and there is no guarantee that it will ever get any easier or that all your hard work will pay off.
Student: Oh. *hangs head as if all dreams are officially crushed*
Me: BUT, if it's your passion, it doesn't matter. And you never, ever give up on your dreams! Write because you love it. Work hard at it because you love it. And never let the rejection, the difficult moments, or learning curve stop you.
I spoke for about thirty minutes about the process of publication. I answered questions about my "day job" (Family Law/Estate Planning Attorney), about what I studied in college (theater), about what helps me write (Diet Coke), and if I've read Fifty Shades of Gray (NO!!! And you shouldn't have either silly child!). Then I bought some fundraising chocolate from a really cute kid who loves to write--I could tell by the way his eyes lit up when he talked about it.
It was a great first school visit. I can't wait to do it again.
Any good/funny/ridiculous school visiting stories out there?