I’m no expert on anything, especially writing-related. But have you ever heard someone say “____ doesn’t look like a writer.”? There are some things this definitely applies to, but being a writer isn’t one of them.
For instance, a guy came in my store yesterday who was right at seven feet tall. He didn’t “look” like a basketball player, he was one. No doubt about it. But do we have a specific “look” for police officers? Or for lawyers? Maybe doctors? Dentists? Small business owners? No to all of those? Well why is there some “look” writers need to have? It’s ridiculous. And what the heck is this “look” anyway? Bags under their eyes because they obviously don’t get enough sleep. Messy hair because they don’t care about physical appearance when they’re actively writing the next bestseller. What else?
Let’s make this game now. To you, what does a writer look like? To me, a writer looks just like the rest of us.
On this day in 2014 I published Millennials Read More Than You.