You're at a party. But not a wild party where people are doing keg stands and
(Something like this)
So in a brief moment of mingling with others, the question is asked.
"So, what do you do in your spare time?"
Awkward situation more awkward. It's not awkward because of you, but because you know the moment you say that you're a young adult writer, their face turns from this :) to this : /
Why exactly? No one knows. It's a mystery.
It's also frustrating.
The stats on the young adult genre has shot up over 80% in the last two years. That's something to be proud to be a part of. Yet there are always those people that look at you like you've grown a third arm out of your stomach. Polite smile, averted eyes. End of convo and mingling leads to another person who does the same thing.
So naturally, I prefer to make my blog posts flooded with humorous pictures AND writerly knowledge.
4 Faces From People When Telling Them You're A Writer
1.) The blank stare
No caption needed to explain this one.
2) The serious face
This is the most awkward of all as those piercing eyes stare into your soul, questioning your career decisions, and ready to leap into lecture mode.
Why didn't I go into business again, you ask? Uhh, I can't remember now over how small I'm feeling.
3) A genuine smile
These, for my personally, are rare. Not a lot of people are actually interested in hearing about anything past 'Young Adult Genre,' which is just plain sad. But there are the few that are respectful and attentive, actually interested in your story.
4) The laughing until they realize you're serious face
Worst. Face. Ever.
Nows the part where I ask readers if this has ever happened to them. What was the worst? Do you get it often or do most people seem to accept it easily?