Last year (at about this time, actually) I decided to take this writing thing seriously. So I got a book from the library about writing fiction. In the first chapter, it suggested that a hobbyist-turned-pro should buy a mug that says WRITER on it. “Whenever you doubt yourself,” it said, ” just look at the mug and it will remind you of who you are.” Or something like that.
“What a great idea!” I thought. Being the thrifty girl I am, though, I didn’t go out and order one, or go to a special store for artsy types to find one. Instead, I perused the Goodwill mugs and the TJ Maxx mugs and the Marshall’s mugs, thinking that surely there must be a WRITER mug somewhere! They have SAGITTARIUS mugs and PRINCESS mugs and I HEART CATS mugs. I know for a fact that there are more writers than princesses in the United States. Unfortunately, the mug population in discount stores does not reflect this fact.
I have looked for that mug for a year. It is no longer just a mug. No, the WRITER mug has become something of a holy grail for me. A sign from the heavens. I’m not exactly sure what that sign will mean (except for the obvious. I mean, come on: WRITER.), but until it comes, I will continue to inspect every single mug I see.
What’s your writer’s holy grail? A letter from an agent or an editor? A mug, a fountain pen, a bullet-proof vest..? Let me know!