Heya, book nerds! I’m Meg LaTorre, and on
this episode of iWriterly we’re going to be talking about top writer stereotypes. If you enjoy iWriterly’s content, make sure
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when the next iWriterly video comes out. I feel that we should start out saying that
writers are a strange group of people. We hole ourselves up in rooms or in the corner
of a public area with the sole wish of being left to record our cluttered thoughts. Our
minds are a dangerous breeding ground of stories—as though 54 tabs are open on a web browser and
all vying for attention. As such, it may come as no surprise that many writers do some of
the same weird things. Let’s break down the stereotypes: the myths,
rumors, and legends surrounding the story weavers of society. 1. WRITERS ARE CAFFEINE ADDICTS.
This is most assuredly true for the vast majority of human beings out there, not simply writers.
Still… most writers survive on a constant caffeine drip to weave worlds after a full
day of work. 2. WRITERS ARE GRAMMAR/SPELLING POLICE.
We all have that one friend or acquaintance who points out a typo or grammar mistake on
Facebook posts and tweets—and many times we tend to assume it’s the English major
of the crowd. I dub this stereotype as false. While my fingers
may itch to correct a misplaced “your” (instead of “you’re”), that level of
vigilance takes too much effort to maintain. Writers are far more concerned about having
a typo on the first page of our manuscripts (that literary agents will discover) than
editing other people’s social media ramblings. 3. WRITERS ARE HERMITS.
Writers have an antisocial stigma around them, courtesy of the many movies depicting recluse
writers. While I want to name this stereotype as false—as I always find myself gabbing
until I’m blue in the face—there are many writers who fall safely under the introvert
umbrella. 4. WRITERS PREFER CATS TO HUMANS… I MEAN…
WRITERS ARE CAT PEOPLE. Just look at the Twitterverse and you will
find this stereotype is painfully true. Writers (and millennials, in general) love their pets.
Although many writers snap adorable photos of their feline fur balls, there are quite
a few writers who also love their other pets, such as dogs. 5. WRITERS DRINK IN EXCESS.
If by “drink in excess,” you mean caffeine, then this is an absolute YES. If instead this
refers to alcoholism, I do think some writers have a leniency toward the harder drinks of
the world, but it’s certainly not true for writers as a species. 6. WRITERS ARE MESSY.
Have you guys seen my office (also called the “iWriterly studio”)? There’s so
much OCD influence, you might need to put on sunglasses before you enter. Yes, many writers tend to be the cluttered
type, but that goes for any group of people. You have your organized folks and your…
less organized counterparts. 7. WRITERS ARE PROCRASTINATORS.
This is true for all kinds of writers. Many authors, journalists, columnists, etc. are
only able to complete their stories while a deadline is boring a hole between their
eyes. However, this doesn’t hold true for all writers. For example, as we speak, it’s Christmas
Eve and my husband is making/finishing a present (to give this evening). Meanwhile, I’m writing
an article with a January deadline. 8. WRITERS WORK ON THEIR STORIES AT COFFEE
SHOPS. This goes back to stereotype number one: writers
are caffeine addicts. As that stereotype holds some serious truth to it, it only makes sense
we would congregate where there is plenty of caffeine to be had. That, and temporary
respite from the craziness of everyday life. 9. WRITERS PREFER THE CLASSICS.
Oh goodness, no. Definitely, definitely not. While the classics are an enforced part of
American curriculum—particularly for college English majors—it is not necessarily our
bread and butter. When I’m tired or want to cuddle up with a good story, you better
believe I’m reaching over Beowulf for Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. 10. WRITERS ARE A DEPRESSED/MELANCHOLIC LOT.
While this may be true for some writers, I’d say a large portion of writers tend to be
categorized not as melancholic but as cynical. I mean, after so many rejections from literary
agents and publications, even a veteran writer with plenty of callouses can grow a twisted
sense of humor. 11. WRITERS CAN WRITE ANYTHING.
Think of other fields, such as scientific research. A geneticist walking into a food
science lab would feel painfully out of place, as that sector of the science world isn’t
his/her specialty. The same goes for writers. For authors, we tend to specialize in a specific
age group (picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult, adult) and genre (fantasy,
science fiction, thriller, romance, and so on). Just because an author is a wizard in
YA fantasy doesn’t mean that same writer would find any success in nonfiction or technical
writing. Like anything, it takes practice to understand a genre/niche in the industry. 12. WRITERS RETALIATE BY WRITING ABOUT PEOPLE.
Do you have a relative who always asks aggressive questions about your future plans around the
holidays? So do writers. Only, life serves as inspiration for our stories—and antagonists. 13. WRITERS EXPERIENCE WRITER’S BLOCK ALL
THE TIME. False… ish? Like anything else, writer’s
block (and when a writer experiences it) is subjective. Writers experience writer’s
block in a variety of ways and at unpredictable times. Some writers have writer’s block
regularly while others have it only on the rare occasion. Look at the published authors
in the world—some writers can pump out multiple books per year while others publish one book
every few years. (Though, we’re also getting into pacing here, which is a completely different
ballgame.) 14. PUBLISHED WRITERS ARE RICH AND FAMOUS.
This is completely false. Only the few blessed writers in the world can sustain themselves
on their writing alone (J. K. Rowling *cough cough*). Most writers work full-time jobs
separate from their writing endeavors in order to be able to… oh, you know… eat. 15. WRITERS ARE UNKEMPT.
The Patrick Rothfusses and George R. R. Martins of the world have given authors this wonky
stereotype—particularly the Einstein-inspired look, with crazy hair and even crazier beards.
However, if you’ve ever gone to a writing conference, there are quite a few writers
who look snazzy in their public garb. 16. WRITERS ARE NIGHT OWLS.
When the clock strikes nine, you will typically find me deliriously tired and ambling to my
bed. However, in this instance, I seem to be the rare exception. The writing community
comes alive in the evening, with late night writing sprints, #amwriting chats, and more.
There is plenty of world-weaving in the late hours of the day! 17. WRITERS ARE BROKE.
True. If you have any writer stereotypes, be sure
to list them in the comments below. Thanks for watching this episode of iWriterly, top
writer stereotypes. I’m your host, Meg LaTorre. If you liked what you saw, subscribe. And
I think that’s it! Keep reading! Weird things… My stomach growled in the middle of that.
Did you hear that? Is it terrible? Is it terrible, man behind the camera? No. I got that! Great!
Clicker. Writers have writers blah… I’m like Cinderella.