Overheard: Hard Truths

5th January 2006

Scenario: Friends in a hipster coffee shop discuss the creative process.

Girl: Yeah, there’s this guy in our writing group who usually does really good stuff, but just started doing this thing where he strings together a bunch of stuff that doesn’t make sense. It’s like an automatic-writing thing. It doesn’t apply to anything else he’s talking about, but he puts it in there.

Guy: Why?

Girl: He said he thinks it’s funny. Like it’s a kind of joke.

Guy: Like, funny for you guys, or for the reader?

Girl: The reader.

Guy: And is it funny?

Girl: Noooooo.

Guy: Did you tell him?

Girl: None of us know what to say. His other stuff has been so good, it’s like, everyone’s just afraid they’re not getting it, so no one wants to be the first one to say it.

Guy: Yeah, that’s tough.

Girl: Someone needs to tell him.

Guy: Now you know what it’s like to be friends with Tom Cruise.