Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Promiscuous Reader

In my earlier post about what our answer is when asked, "What do You Do?," I forgot one of the caricatures that tend to pop up on our writer journey - the slutty reader.

She'll read anything that's bound, her roaming eyes bounce off the bookshelves while she salivates. She wants your stuff, she wants it in her hands, she wants to stay up all night with it. And the second you meet her, she jumps your bones.

Slutty Reader: So what do you do?
BBC: I'm a writer.
Slutty Reader: REALLY? Oh I love to read, I'm such a reader. I'd love to read your stuff! What's your email? We can Google Doc it.
BBC: Uh... I'm actually an architect. I just like to tell people I'm a writer sometimes.

Saying, "You're a writer? Hey I'm a reader - can I have you stuff?" is kinda like saying, "Whoa, you're a chick, I'm a guy - wanna have sex?"

And really, how much of a turn-on is that?

Giving your brain-squeezed, much-loved words to just anyone shouldn't be an option. It'd be like handing your soul over to the first person that showed any interest - whether they've got a halo or horns. Sharing your work is an intimate thing, pick carefully who your readers are with those first few drafts that you're not sure are ready yet.

And if you meet Slutty Reader - remember, you're really an architect.


Jo-Ann said...

"you're an architect? Oooh, I'm a design-porn slut. Cant get enough of them glossy magazines with the most sumptous glorious modern buildings - and those renovator tv shows - oooh, sends tingles down my spine. So what have you created???" (drool, drool).

Anita Grace Howard said...

LOL! Loved this post, Mindy. Hee. And SO true. Let those readers buy a copy once it's pubbed. That will hit everyone's sweet spot. ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm an architect. I'm an architect.

No really, I'm a slutty reader. I love reading virtually anything and everything I can get my hands on. But I would never, ever ask anyone to read their stuff for free.

So, when are you gonna finish your next WIP? I need a Google Doc to read!

Lindsay N. Currie said...


Mindy McGinnis said...

Jo-Ann - Okay, I lied. I'm actually a writer. :)

Anita - Oh man, I hope so!

Cat - I admit to being a slutty reader too, but I don't ask for people's stuff unless they offer.

Lindsay - Glad you liked it.

Liesl Shurtliff said...

LOL! This is so perfect!

Sophia Chang said...

Got it, architect.

Thanks for commenting on my post - dang girl 4 spam comments already? You must be writing very searchable things :D

Mindy McGinnis said...

Liesl - Glad you liked it!

Sophia - Yeah, and I just rolled in another one two seconds ago. Geez.