Backseat Novelist

, , , , | Friendly | October 19, 2019

(I’m in the library writing my novel on my laptop. A man comes over and leans over my shoulder, reading what I wrote.)

Me: “Can I help you?”

Man: “Yeah, you spelled her name wrong. It’s supposed to be ‘Ariel.’”

Me: “Well, her name is Ariella.”

Man: “And what’s this? Your narrator is a guy? Your narrator should be a girl, because you’re a girl.”

Me: “Lots of authors write from different points of view. I’m reading a book right now where the narrator is a girl, but the author is a man.”

Man: ”And who’s Reese? Reese is a girl’s name.”

Me: “Reese is a unisex name. Now, please leave me alone.”

Man: “God, I was just trying to help!”

(He stalked away to harass someone else.)

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