Q: How much does it cost to publish I book.
A: I don't know. I'm not a publisher. A lot, I would imagine.
Q: But don't you pay to have your books published?
A: No. Publishers pay me.
Q: But my great uncle Ralph wrote his autobiography and he had to pay to have it published. Isn't that usual?
A: No. Well, sometimes. It depends. For example, if you're royalty or a serial killer, or both, you might not have to pay.
Q: Where do writers (composers, painters, scientists etc.) get their ideas?
A: Same place you get yours. We simply pay attention. You often dismiss them.
Q: What do you mean, 'Where I get mine?'
A: People you meet, snippents of conversation that you hear, things that you see or that happen to you. Most of all it's those ideas that pop into your head when you least expect them. You might think, 'Where did that crazy idea come from? It just popped into my head out of nowhere! I hope no one can read my mind. I don't want anyone to think I'm insane or worse - immature.' Writers open the doors and windows and let those ideas in. Then we write them down. We think, 'I'm not insane. I'm a writer.' I like to think that everyone has an imagination, but not everyone knows what to do with it after they reach puberty.
Q: So is writing a hobby, then?
A: Not for me it isn't.
Q: But can you live on the money you make as a writer?
A: I can't, but some writers can.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone who wants to write?
A: Write. But get a day job or someone to support you financially.
Q: I have a day job, but I think I'd be a great writer. How should I start?
A: Write. If you have the urge to write, why aren't you doing it already?
Q: How do I begin?
A: Don't shoo away the ideas that pop into your head. Write them down. You only need three things - an imagination, a pen and a notebook. Okay, it's late. Go home and get writing. I have to do the same. But, before I forget - the most important thing about writing is re-writing. Remember that.
A: Exactly. And proof reading. Lots of that. Bye.