**The following is a story about a job interview that changed my writing career. If you like True T.Lo Stories, new entries are posted every Saturday!
Years ago, I wanted to quit being a writer because although some people believed I was talented, an equal amount of people thought I sucked.
Then it came to my turn to answer some questions, and that's when it went downhill.
"I'd like to be a literary manager," I replied.
She looked at me, and it was as if her eyes were seeing through me. She didn't buy it.
Now, I should note that I really thought I should give up being a writer and use my skills in another capacity, but apparently the only person who believed that was a good idea was myself.
After a few seconds, she was getting fed up with my delusions, and she let me know this.
"Will you cut the bullshit that you don't want to be a writer?" she asked. I was taken aback.
At this point in the interview, I didn't know what had happened. She then asked me something that shocked me even more than the "cut the bullshit" line.
"So tell me about your writing," she asked.
Omg! I wondered. Was this a trap? Did a successful literary manager actually want to know about my writing, or was she testing me to see if I really wanted to be a literary manager?
Like an idiot, I concluded that she was testing me, and I responded in the worst way possible.
"I don't have anything going on," I said.
Our interview ended, and I knew that I had blown it. It was my fault after all for not being myself.
So anyway, thanks, unnamed manager. Although you probably don't remember me, I'll forever remember you... in a good way!!
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