Me: Too many people out there writing books and not enough readers for all of them.
Alter: So. You like writing, don’t you?
Me: Yes, but what’s it all for if nobody reads what I write?
Alter: But you have lots of readers in the U.S., UK, Canada and quite a few other places.
Me: True, but just not enough in any one spot to make an impact.
Alter: Oh, you want impact! Isn’t that counterintuitive to why you began writing in the first place?
Me: What do you mean?
Alter: I mean you never thought you were going to write more than one book.
Me: Well, uh, writing kind of grew on me. Now, maybe I’m simply outgrowing it.
Alter: Really? That’s a good one. Then why did you begin another novel and write more short stories?
Me: The equivalent of doodling.
Alter: Doodling, huh? Isn’t your doodling telling you something is prominent in your subconscious mind?
Me: Look, why don’t you just leave me alone.
Alter: Because I like your writing. It’s good. It would be a shame for you to stop now. Have you read the reviews on them? You know only about one in a hundred write a review. That means you already made quite an impact. That’s what you said you wanted.
Me: Gees, you’re not going to let me win, are you?
Alter: Just keep doodling. That’s how all your books started.