I try to avoid it if I can. That's why my landlord thinks I live a life of leisure.
If I tell people I'm a writer, then people (understandably) ask, "What have you written?"
Then I have to tell them none of my novels have been published, and they secretly feel bad for me, because I must not be a very good writer. Either that or I just don't understand how to market myself. Sometimes they try to help me with that.
Or they ask "What's your book about?" and if I'm feeling brave I might give a pitch. Or I might not, if I can't bear that empty silence or disinterested gaze one more time.
So I'll them it's for teenagers, and hope they don't ask anymore.
"Is it about vampires?"
But eventually, I have to tell people. At least, friends, acquaintances. The type of people who ask how your weekend was, and I need to explain how I spend long portions of my life sitting inside, staring into space.
The worst is when I see them again. "Is your book published now?"
Thankfully the best and closest friends understand. Or they're writers themselves.
Do you tell people you're a writer?