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I spent the weekend as the co-emcee of the mystery convention “Murder and Mayhem in Muskego.” It’s really cool because Penny Halle, the world’s hottest librarian, and Jon and Ruth Jordan do an amazing job setting the thing up.

The best part of it is getting to hang with writers. A couple of conversational themes came up.

One of the very best in the business said something to me that really resonated. I was talking about how I feel insecure about my writing and he wouldn’t let me finish.

“Everyone single person in this room feels that all the time,” he said. “Awards, sales–it doesn’t matter.”

Another conversation I had was about people-pleasing–specifically that authors constantly seek approval. I mean, think about it, if you didn’t it would be a little weird wouldn’t it? You write to entertain, inspire, scare–whatever–other people. if it doesn’t work on others then you haven’t done your job.

That means writers are by definition almost always neurotic and irrational, seeking the approval of something outside of themselves–exactly what people get into therapy for.

Hmmm…I’m glad I’m not the only one that is nuts.