1. We’re perfect at spelling and grammar.
2. We don’t have “real” jobs.
3. We’re lazy.
4. We prefer not to be social and would rather sit alone writing.
5. They can’t talk to us about anything except writing.
6. We only want to talk about our work.
7. We never have to worry about money.
8. We all write/want to write books.
9. We’re difficult to work with.
10. We have time to read/critique/edit their manuscripts [for free].
11. If they don’t have an idea for a story, we can give them one of ours.
12. Our work is “easy.”
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8 thoughts on “12 Things Non-Writers Still Think Are True About Writers”
OK, well, personally, I admit to No. 4 there (*sheepish grin over here*). No. 10 is the one that really gets under my skin. Would I go to a dentist and say, “hey, would you give me an oral exam–for free?” Never happens! I think, because everyone “can” write, a writer’s work is seen as less valuable than a skill that is more foreign. Thanks for the post!
Very true. You don’t have to have a degree or special credentials to write so we are less valued as professionals, unfortunately.
I can completely relate to this. What we do is hard.
That’s why us writers gotta stick together! haha
I especially enjoyed 10:)
I would add: “We can write a book for you, if you just have an idea”. I wish I could, but nah, I’m not that productive XD
oh man. I wish I could say this hasn’t happened to me. :P
Same. Son, I’m not even writing my book, how am I gonna write yours? :D