A friend of mine was distracting me with faux books plots on Friday; the kind of stuff that makes me laugh and cringe all at the same time.
They started out simple: The alien overlord is thwarted.
And progressively got more complex:
The beautiful Russian KGB agent was snatched by a secret criminal group along with the missing toxic gas formula with the capacity to destroy the world.
The hopeful boy wizard's new elf friend was enspelled by an evil creature and is about to stomp on the cutest girl in the boy's class who is also the object of his first crush.
The math teacher at an all-girls school finds out her fiancé has been shot down over German lines, but she still holds out hopes of getting her students a spot on the all-Europe math quiz show.
Later in the day I was thinking about how some of these giggle-worthy plots could probably be successful books.
Which, in turn, made me think about the diverse nature of the people who create books.
Sure, writers have some things in common. We all know what it feels like to fill up a blank page with hope and ideas. We have our editing woes and the dreaded moments when we think we've saved, but haven't and the computer crashes causing us to lose a chunk of our precious words. But those are just mechanical similarities.
What fascinates me most about writers is probably the same thing that fascinates me about life. Writers, like life experiences, come in every package imaginable. It makes sense, because we reflect our individual interests back to the segment of readers who share those particular interests.
So yes, I'm glad I don't write the kind of book plots my friend was using to torture me. But I know somewhere out there, is someone who does. And for every person who writes a book, their soul mate reader is also out there, waiting to read it.
Kinda like love, on a literary scale.
We're writerly Cupids, shooting our book arrows to infect readers with our passion, and in the process we often get shot ourselves.
When you stop to think about it, it's perfect for everyone; writers and readers alike.