“But what if I don’t feel like being amusing?”
I was having coffee with a “writer” friend of mine and talking about this blog.
“You don’t have to be MickAmusing every time you type. Just be yourself. Be real. And stop putting “writer” in quotes all the time,” he said making the rabbit ears gesture.
“How could you possibly know that I put ‘writer’ in quotes?!”
“Because you always do. It’s time for you to let go and simply say, ‘I’m a writer,’ no rabbit ears. Can you do that?”
“Sounds pretty scary,” I replied.
“It is. But it’s also fun and you’ll feel differently once you do.”
“Don’t you have to have a publishing deal and a least a book in print before you can call yourself a–”
“Don’t do it!”, he said jumping from his chair as if to pull the gun out of my hand.
“…writer,” I said looking at him square in the eyes without blinking and without the quotation marks. It did feel different. He was right. Weird.
He sat down, smiled as if he knew, and then continued.
“No, you don’t have to have a publishing deal. By the time that happens, hopefully you’ve been calling yourself a writer, sans quotation marks, for some time.”
“Hmm… Do you really think I can write whatever’s on my mind, funny or not?”
“It’s your blog, right?”
“Yeah, but I now have almost 7 readers. What if they leave because they only want me to bring the funny. It’s hard to bring the funny all the time, but I don’t want to lose my almost 7 fans.”
“So you’ll have to find almost 7 more who appreciate more than just a laugh,” he said.
“My worst fear is that I’ll be boring! I’m terrified of boring people almost as much as I’m terrified of boring people. Today I wrote a long diatribe on FaceBook about not using bleach and other toxic cleaners in the home and using natural products instead.”
“Well, boring or not?”
“You’re an odd enough writer that I’m going to say ‘not.’”
“Should I put that on my blog?”
“If so moved, why not?”
“Because I titled my blog MickAmusing.com and talking about bleach is not terribly amusing?”
He laughed and then said, “Mick, if anyone can make bleach amusing, it’s going to be you. But it’s also fine if you don’t. Your fans might enjoy getting to know you better underneath the humor facade.”
“It’s not a facade,” I protest.
“I’m just joking. Evidently I’m not as clever at it as you are.”
He writes biographies.
“People would enjoy knowing what you’re passionate about. Besides, most readers don’t really pay attention to the blog name.”
“If my readers disappear, I’m blaming you,” I said waving my finger dramatically across the table.
“Hey, I’ve got to go. Publisher needs another draft of Chapter 7.”
“You just say that stuff to make me feel small,” I said with a poorly acted melodramatic tone.
“I say it to INSPIRE you, my friend. Now get your face out of that Cappuccino and go home and WRITE! Damn, you bloggers are a sensitive, neurotic lot!”
He laughed, he left and I quickly googled whether MickNeurotic.com was still available.