Writer: Excuse me, but did you just ‘muahahaha’?
Writer: Why would you do that? I’m writing.
Manuscript: No, you’re not. You’re listening to me laugh and wondering if I’m going to do it again.
Writer: Fine then. I’m about to write.
Manuscript: Define ‘about’.
Writer: What do you mean by that?
Manuscript: You know what I mean by that. You call yourself a writer but you spend all your time reading blogs about writing or reading interviews with writers or looking at funny cat pictures. What are lol cats, by the way? Your browser history is full of them.
Manuscript: You haven’t answered my question.
Writer: But writing is hard. No one told me that. I thought I’d sit and the words would flow and before I knew it, I’d have a finished book.
Manuscript: Writing is work. That’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. Cold? Yes. But honest.
Writer: But where’s the romance? Where’s the fun? Where’s the glamour?
Manuscript: There’s a reason for the drinking writer stereotype.
Writer: You’re scary. You’re blank and your curser blinks in an accusing way.
Manuscript: I am what I am.
Manuscript: You want me to change?
Writer: Yes, please.
Manuscript: Then write. Word by word, sentence by sentence. Some will be good, some will be bad, but the words will be there. My curser will still blink, but I promise you’ll hardly notice it if you’re busy typing.
Writer: There’s nothing else for it, is there?
Manuscript: Not if you ever want me to be full of words, there isn’t. Oh, and a heads-up. You’ll never think I’m finished.
Manuscript: Because I’ll never be perfect. Yet another reason for the drinking writer stereotype.
Writer: That’s a hard lesson to learn.
Manuscript: No one said this was easy. Oh, and one more thing…
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her murder mystery games A Fatal Fairy Tale and Curiouser and Curiouser are among the top-selling mystery games on the internet. All thirteen of her murder mystery games and two audience-interactive plays are published by host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine Elias. Connect with her on Twitter at @elspethwrites or on Facebook at Elspeth Antonelli, Author.