Here’s something for all you NaNoWriMo writers to contemplate when you need to take a break from your frantic writing schedule. Last month, Erica Wagner, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, asked J.K. Rowling “…which fellow scribe, living or dead,” she would most like to meet and have dinner with.
After some consideration she chose, among others, P.G. Wodehouse and Jane Austen, Rowling chose Charles Dickens. (See link at the conclusion of this post.)
So, while you’re frantically trying to complete your novel in a month—one you hope will be the next best seller—take a quick break and choose which fellow scribe, living or dead, you would like to have over for dinner. (Think of it as a celebratory dinner, once you’ve completed your 50,000 words.)
For my part, I choose, hands down, Neil Gaiman. He’s pleasing on the eyes and he has that great British accent. Plus, he’s funny. Although… it is too bad he’s married. (Then again, so am I.)
Hummm, Mark Twain would be fun to dine with. He’s witty, fascinating, and I probably wouldn’t have to talk at all…although I might have to pay for our dinner. Then there’s his nasty smelling cigar. Never mind.
What about Ann Rand or Ursula Le Guin! Can you imagine the deep conversations we’d have? Oh dear, I’m exhausted just thinking about it.
Okay… I can say with complete certainty I do NOT want to have dinner with Clive Barker. I LOVE his writing—but he terrifies me. You can also cross Stephen King off my list. Stephenie Meyer too. (No coffee or wine with our meal!)
Apparently, I’m going to have to get back to you later. Got to go—more words to write!
(Find out more about J.K. Rowling’s choice HERE)