Stereotypes. We talk about them all the time in the writing and blogging world, and that’s mostly because they’re controversial. Should our characters conform to stereotypes? Should writers use stereotypes as bases for characters, even if just in certain circumstances? It’s kinda old, at this point.
WELL HAHA GUESS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT! *pretends people can’t read the title of the post*
It’s preeety clear that writers and bookworms are stereotyped just as much as our precious characters, and it’s reflected in the media – EVEN IN OUR OWN BOOKS WHY?? And a lot of them aren’t actually true!
But then… some of them are true!
You know what, I’m just going to let the post speak for itself.
we’re all broke & it’s because of books.
Ok. I admit it. We spend a large amount of money on books and journals and pretty mugs (see below). But we don’t spend 100% of our earnings on those things!! We have other things to save for, things like food and gas and going to the movies with friends when you have to pay for your own ticket.
we’re all addicted to coffee/tea (and collecting pretty mugs to put it in).
Coffee. Tea. Both nice, caffeinated drinks good for staying awake on long nights when we’ve got to finish *one last chapter* before bed. I can almost see the fictional author now, sipping on a steaming mug of peppermint tea.
Yeah, well, I hate tea and coffee.
But we do like mugs. They’re nice for holding pens.
writers are actually hermits that never come out of their hidey-holes.
People think writers like to read and write all day and not be social at all because we’re
- crying from feels
- writing a long rant about some disappointing book
- WE HATE PEOPLE
But SUPRISE! Writers are people too! (I know, crazy, right?) Quite a few of us are actually super extroverted and love being around people 24/7.
I personally am not one of those people.
we have cats. everywhere.
I wish. But that is not the case. *siiiiiiiiigh*
we write on typewriters or at least own one.
Are you kidding me?? Those things are expensive! And besides! Where would we put it? We’ve used all our desk space for pretty mugs.
we always have writer’s block.
I see where they get this one – it’s in every Hallmark movie with a writer in it.
we read and/or write 24/7.
Sometimes, people think we read and write literally every second of the day because we bring books or pen and paper everywhere we go. But no. Unfortunately, we have other things to do. Like life. And eating. And procrastinating while we should be writing because that happens a lot more than people expect.
writing isn’t a real career and we’re just dreaming.
I’ve actually had a few people tell me this. I appreciate your concern, but… no.
Writing can be a career – and there’s a lot of proof behind it. Who do you think makes the stories for your favorite movies? And plays? And books?? Like, do you think the stories just appear out of thin air? LOL NO.
And another thing. I wonder how many famous writers have had people label them this way. I bet every upcoming writer in the 21st century has faced some discouragement from another person. And haha this is not okay.
This is the only stereotype I disagree with in all circumstances. If you work hard enough and have a true calling to write, you can do it. YOU WILL DO IT. LETS DO IT!!
Ok guys. This question is so important I made a survey for it. I really wanna know: which stereotypes describe you perfectly…. and which are just absolutely ridiculous??
TAKE THE SURVEY THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!