"Pitch Me!"
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Written by
Laura Zigman
November 2011
Contributor
Written by
Laura Zigman
November 2011

Have you ever been asked what you're working on next? What you're thinking about working on next? Ideas for things you might consider possibly maybe working on next? If you're like most writers, you've been asked that question, and, if you're like most writers, you've gotten responses similar to what The Frenemy says in this Annoying Conversation: "Pitch Me!" (Even Though It's A Waste of Time To Listen to Your Unfinished Ideas): boredom, non-plussed-ness, and sometimes even a completely negative "That'll never work." Keeping our ideas to ourselves until they're strong enough to survive people like The Frenemy (editor; family member; trusted-writer-friend, teacher) is probably a good habit to cultivate.  So is the thick-skin needed to hear a credible-person's opinion (editor; family member; trusted writer-friend, teacher) that might indeed be negative for a good reason. It's a fine line, right? As Kenny Rogers said, "You got to know when to hold em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run."

 

I think the Pink Bunny should have run mid-way through this video. But what do I know?

 

 

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  • Angela Orlowski-Peart

    Wow, I'm stealing that too, Patricia! :-)

  • Patricia Sands

    LOL! Be my guest!

  • Laura Zigman

    Good answer, Patricia! #stealing!

  • Patricia Sands

    I'm with Angela on that. I just smile and say "It's something you are REALLY going to want to read!"

  • Laura Zigman

    Smart, Angela. I sometimes make the mistake of blabbing too soon and then I get my "writer-feelings" hurt.

  • Angela Orlowski-Peart

    This makes a lot of sense. I don't feel comfortable discussing my novel until it's completely finished.

  • Melody Fuller

    Laura:

     

    I would probably sock the shit outta him, too!!  LAUGHS.

  • Laura Zigman

    Agree, too, Melody! You have to take it seriously enough to do it (even in the face of Frenemies)!

  • Melody Fuller

    Brilliant!

     

    This makes me more intent on taking my writing seriously(which I do, 24-7-365) and not so much what anyone thinks of what I think I'm doing. LAUGHS!!!

  • Laura Zigman

    Thanks, Deborah! I agree: it's vetry important not to take ourselves TOO seriously! (At least, not all the time...!)

  • Deborah Batterman

    A delightful reminder not to take ourselves too seriously.