We are writers, and it doesn’t matter what flavor… bloggers, techies, fiction novelists, journalists… we all deal with the same thing.
That annoying stereotype we’re pegged with, and it varies depending on who describes us. We’re always painted as either lazy or over-hyper, never in-between. We’re depicted in either our pajamas or in frayed jeans and dated concert shirts (ok, true on both for me… but still). No one can imagine us without a coffee cup in one hand, a cigarette in the other, and un-cool specs perched on our noses.
I am, even in my hippie T’s and ripped-up jeans, a writer in all my glory. I do have the coffee cup perma-fixed, but my specs are COOL… when I’m not wearing my contacts.
Y’know what? I don’t think a writer out there really cares what the rest of the world thinks. Doesn’t matter what flavor we are, we’re writers… so we are obviously superior and the opinion of gnats is but a small annoyance…
Bloggers: So we’re addicted to Facebook, and do most of our work from the couch intending to actually get out of the house tomorrow (always tomorrow) to the coffee shop down the street with a laptop… you still read our stuff. Blogs distract you from your work, teach you how to treat that medical condition you won’t see a doctor for, and give you ALL your convo-topics for Friday night. We are Bloggers, and we have infiltrated your world.
Copywriters: Yes, we are annoyingly condescending… but fully aware that every landing page you read, every business deal you sign, and every contract that changes your future was written by us. Annoy a copywriter at your own risk, for the fine print will get you in the end…
Fiction Writers: Probably the most stereotyped, the Fictioneers are usually truly the ones walking around in a bathrobe with an ink pen hanging out of their mouths and a dazed expression. They transport you to other worlds with thier words, so isn’t it a bit much to ask them to buy into reality? It’s so boring in the real world!
Technical Writers: Honestly no idea what goes through the minds of these guys… whatever it is, we probably wouldn’t understand it.
What it all comes down to, we’re a tribe that dances to the clicking of the keys. We are coffeeholics, and we like to work at night. It is a secret society of people who KNOW that if someone angers a member, that poor soul will be depicted in most unflattering ways in a viral snippet.
Happy clicking, fellow Writer-People!