Please help me give a Big Ol’ WG2E Welcome to Pepper Phillips, who’s giving us the scoop on “How-to Talk to Non-Writers” this holiday season.
Take it away, Pepper…
You’ve seen it. You’re talking to a non-writer about your book, and a distant look comes to their eyes. You can see that they would like to be anywhere except in front of you, listening. But you’re so excited, you don’t care, so you continue. Well, cut it out! They don’t care! Instead try some of these:
2. Ask them about names. I have a difficult time finding names. I’m using Bruce for my villain at the moment, because there was a boy in fourth grade who I disliked with that name. Ask for the most humorous name they’ve ever heard of, or seen. Really, Brick Wall ran for political office in my area. I picture his mother naming his brothers names like; Stone, Rock, Mason and the list can go on. Run your hero and heroine names by them and ask if they like them. If they say “no,” always ask “why?”
3. If you’re having a difficult time with a scene, ask them if they can think of something that can help. Usually not. But every now and then, you might get a good answer.
4. Ask them what they do, and ask them questions about their job. People love to talk about themselves, and it’s a great way to mine for information. If their job is boring, ask them what is the most interesting thing that has happened on the job. Ask off-the-wall questions. Such as, “So you sell insurance, how can someone defraud your company and not get caught?” You might not use the information immediately, but it will go into your storage bank.
5. Ask them how they met their significant other? What drew them to that person? What makes them stay with them? There are a lot of questions in this vein. It shows character, both on the person you’re talking to and the person they are talking about.
6. Ask them about the “first” kiss. (On a roller coaster.) The “best” kiss. (OMG!) What happened to make that kiss the best? Here’s a good one. “What was your worst kiss?
7. Ask them about their worst relationship ever. That should be more than interesting, dig deep, get reasons why they stayed with someone they shouldn’t have.
8. Ask them what their dreams are. What they hope to accomplish in life. Ask them brave questions. I remember the day I turned eighteen, my college professor asked me, “What do you want most out of life?” I thought for a moment, and replied, “To be happy.” That’s still what I want out of life.
9. Ask them about the books they read, who are their favorite authors, and why? The “why” is the most important one in this question. Have you asked yourself this question about your favorite authors…why are they your favorite?
10. If you’re really brave, ask them about the strangest place they’ve ever made love.
Their eyes won’t be glazed over after that question. LOL
Okay, WG2E-Land: What do you do when the eyes of the Non-Writers in your family begin to glaze over when you start talking Writing and Books during holiday get-togethers?
Born in the Northwest, a Navy brat, Pepper has lived on both coasts and in between as well. Once her Marine hubby was discharged, they have lived mostly in Louisiana. There was that stint in Texas and Georgia when he went to the Army’s Helicopter School. But she now considers herself a ‘Southern’ girl, and her writing reflects those roots. Her ‘Phillips’ last name comes from her great-grandmother whose family came from Alabama, so there is some Southern blood in there somewhere.
Mother of six, with a seventeen year difference between #5 and #6, it was definitely a new beginning with a baby and a senior in high school. She’s been married to her Alpha hero for fifty years, which makes it easy for her to write about them.
So far, Pepper has managed to convert a screenplay into a novella, “Unconditionally.” Her “The Christmas Gift” is her newest release, it is the “book of her heart” as most of it is true. The ending makes her cry…every time, but it is a book of love and hope. “The Devil Has Dimples,” is her version of small town Southern life.
Pepper was a Winner at NaNoWriMo, and can no longer claim that she is a ‘slow’ writer. She’s still clicking the keys to finish the book for an early 2013 release. And yes…finally, she’s happy with the way her writing life has been going.
Connect with Pepper here:
Blog and Website: http://pepperphillips.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Pepper-Phillips/e/B006HTEMYS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Southern sass with a touch of heart…