This is quite wonderful. Dear friends and family, please take note….
As I read “Don’t Ask Me What I’m Writing” in the Sunday New York Times, I thought, “That is the worst question anyone can ask a writer.”
The question was, How is your novel going?
When someone asks me that question, I have the panicky feeling I used to get when I took a test and realized I didn’t study hard enough for it.
Slouka was writing specifically of what happens when a friend asks their writer this question within the first few months.
The novel is a new-born babe, a primitive and undeveloped idea in the writer’s mind. A well-intentioned friend might ask them, “How is the novel going?”
As Slouka points out this question is a double-edged sword that cuts both writer and well-meaning friend.
But no matter what the progress of the book, you can’t win with that kind of question. I’ve been asked that question many…
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