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seun
05-31-2007, 04:30 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Jersey Chick
05-31-2007, 04:45 PM
I'd have to say I'm sort of a loner - not really anti-social, but I tend to be on the quiet side and I keep to myself. I like to blend in and just watch what's going on around me.

As for drinking too much - I'm not a big drinker, but I do smoke, so there's that. Of course, I don't have an overflowing ashtray near my desk because we don't smoke in the house.

The beard? Well, I try to make sure I defuzz - I don't want to be the bearded Jersey Chick ;)

I do walk around talking to myself, though - especially if I'm stuck in the middle of scene and don't know which way to go. My husband used to come down into my office to ask me who I was talking to. He's so used to it now, he doesn't even notice.

Ziljon
05-31-2007, 04:50 PM
I have two corduroy jackets with leather patches at the elbows. I used to like to wear white lab coats as a kid. I have a used CHP Police motorcycle. I like to wander around Home Depot, thinking about inventions, screwing pieces of one-inch pipe together.

But I like people and animals too, so go figure.

sunna
05-31-2007, 04:54 PM
Mmmmn, I'm not much of a loner, unless my characters are on strike: then I probably look pretty stereotypical - messy hair, pjs at 3 in the afternoon, suddenly realize I forgot to eat for the past few days and then lock myself out of the apartment while in search of food, etc.. Minus the beard. And I only drink enough to get sloshed when there are other people to drink with, and loud music. I also smoke, but that's going the way of the dodo bird in about a week here, if the willpower I ordered last fall ever arrives. :)
I definitely do talk to myself. Or my dog. Who talks back, but only ever wants to discuss food and toys, and has no interest in my plot.

Willowmound
05-31-2007, 05:26 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner?

Less and less, it grieves me to say.



Do you drink too much?

Well obviously.



Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Gawd no.

I tappety-tapp-tapp in the mornings, and sometimes I'm happy with the result, sometimes I'm not. Then I go to work and hang out on AW, and then I come home and drink too much again, preparing my soul for more tapp-tappety-tapp next morning.


Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Meh. Like with most stereotypes...

stormie
05-31-2007, 05:34 PM
I do walk around talking to myself, though - especially if I'm stuck in the middle of scene and don't know which way to go. My husband used to come down into my office to ask me who I was talking to. He's so used to it now, he doesn't even notice.
Same here. I mutter to myself or else I sit at the dinner table, staring into space, still thinking about one of my characters or where the story is going. I'm not good company sometimes.

As for drinking: my peppermint schnapps on ice (one shot), or a glass of Chardonney. With dinner. Two if I'm feeling in the party mode. Any more than that, with my vertically-challenged build, I'd be passed out in front of the computer screen.

And I don't mind the aloneness of writing. I never feel lonely. I have my characters to keep me company. AW helps a lot with that, too. I mean, what would I do without you guys? :D

Jersey Chick
05-31-2007, 05:45 PM
Here here!

seun
05-31-2007, 05:48 PM
I'll be honest - I'm not the most social of people but I wouldn't say I'm a loner. Although I do occasionally have a small beard. :D

Willowmound
05-31-2007, 05:53 PM
Here here!

Where?

Azure Skye
05-31-2007, 06:26 PM
Where?

Over there. See?



To answer the question. I'm kind of a loner and sometimes anti-social. No, more like quiet as I have no problem with trying to socialize; I just don't say much.

aka eraser
05-31-2007, 06:36 PM
Do you freakin' people have to type so loud? I'm trying to get some work done over here!

Oh what the hell. It's after 10:00. I'm having some Scotch.

ccarver30
05-31-2007, 06:40 PM
I'm independent, but not anti-social. I drink on occasion and do not smoke.
I have no beard. :)

joyce
05-31-2007, 06:50 PM
I thought I was growing a beard due to menopause......I talk to myself working out scenes and my dogs participate as well. I don't consider myself a loner, but I could sit alone for hours, days, writing when I'm on a role. The sick thing is I never feel loney, though my husband thinks I'm turning into a recluse and probably quite insane talking to make believe people. To think of it I must be quite cute by now, talking to myself, the dogs, the computer screen, locked inside the house, unwanted hair growth, smoking and drinking........I need to go to Hollywood and go to writers rehab with Paris. I do have my drivers license though so all is not lost. Wait a minute........I have to go, one of my characters is calling me.

Nakhlasmoke
05-31-2007, 06:53 PM
hmm. I have no money


so yes, I'm stereotypical. In my own way.

larocca
05-31-2007, 06:58 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Not true at all. My beard's gotten thick and bushy.

larocca
05-31-2007, 07:02 PM
I also smoke, but that's going the way of the dodo bird in about a week here, if the willpower I ordered last fall ever arrives. :)

In one of the most flagrant violations of stereotyping known to the human species, I quit smoking when I lived in China. I mean, that's where everybody else goes to start smoking.

Two years ago? Three? Four? It's nice to forget how many days are on that calendar. A 20-year habit gone.

larocca
05-31-2007, 07:06 PM
I do have my drivers license though so all is not lost. Wait a minute........I have to go, one of my characters is calling me.

I left the US in 1999 and haven't been back, so mine expired. I spent almost 5 years traveling through China solely by bicycle, conforming to the stereotype of the author with suicidal tendencies.

But now I bicycle in Thailand, where the courtesy of other drivers always throws off my timing.

Sassee
05-31-2007, 07:32 PM
I'm slowly growing out of a case of social anxiety disorder, so yeah, when I was younger I was an extreme loner. Social situations scared the piss out of me. Now I'm much more relaxed and friendly, although typically I'm still quiet around new people until I've grown comfortable with them, and even then I tend to surround myself with people that will talk my ear off so I don't have to say much. Put me behind a computer screen, though, and I'm a social butterfly. To this day I'm perfectly content being alone in the house, and I'm kinda like Jersey Chick - "I like to blend in and just watch what's going on around me."

Drinking? Occassionally. Mostly in social situations, but I can't hold much alcohol. Or not much tequila, anyway.

Out of control hair? Absolutely, but I don't have a beard.

Lost in my own little world while writing? Yes... and outside of writing time, too.

Tempramental? Only when I'm interrupted in the middle of a creative streak, or during that time of the month.

Talk to myself? No. But it sort of sounds that way sometimes if I'm talking to someone on the computer through TeamSpeak. I don't think talking to myself in my head counts :)

Stare in anguish at the screen? Happens more than I would like, but at least I don't have a beard. Instead I resort to chewing my lip and crunching as much of myself into my little chair as humanly possible (pull my legs up, try to sit cross-legged, etc). And yeah, I do slouch.

Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason... they're common enough to form a familiar image in people's heads. Not everyone fits the stereotype but I bet there are more of us writer types than we think!

Jamesaritchie
05-31-2007, 08:01 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Well, I no longer drink at all, unles you count my St. Patrick's Day slug of Irish, I don't have a beard, and I don't think I ever stare in anguish at the screen. . .or the pad of paper in my case.

And I'm not anti-social. . .being a good writer means interacting with as many people as possible, and doing as many things away from writing as possible.

the1dsquared
05-31-2007, 08:06 PM
Yes (and it hasn't gotten me very far)

Sandy J
05-31-2007, 09:20 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

The stereotype, huh?
I write romance. What is my stereotype? Frustrated middle-aged woman... Well, middle-aged (if you count forty-something as middle-aged -- I'm in denial), but decidedly not frustrated. Drink too much? Nope. Not at all, as a matter of fact. Beard? Nope. Thank God. ;)

Do I think there's any truth to the standard image of a writer? Not really. The desire to write crosses all barriers -- gender, race, age, sanity.

Writer14
05-31-2007, 09:28 PM
I'm 15 and enjoy writing...

so i must be emo...lol

Siddow
05-31-2007, 09:40 PM
I drink, smoke, swear, mutter to myself, delete things in outrage, ignore my family, seldom leave the house...yep. I'm a stereotype. I didn't plan it that way. It just kinda happened.

Sandy J
05-31-2007, 09:44 PM
I drink, smoke, swear, mutter to myself, delete things in outrage, ignore my family, seldom leave the house...yep. I'm a stereotype. I didn't plan it that way. It just kinda happened.

Okay. You've got me there. I swear, mutter to myself, delete things in an outrage, ignore my family, seldom leave the house... I'm a stereotype. Who knew? :e2smack:

I wonder from time to time if I have tendencies to schizophrenia being how often my characters bug the crap out of me in my thoughts. Trying to fall asleep is the worst.

seun
05-31-2007, 09:45 PM
Not feeling the love for the small beards :)

Sassee
05-31-2007, 10:27 PM
I'm 15 and enjoy writing...

so i must be emo...lol

LOL!

Writer14
05-31-2007, 10:37 PM
LOL!

You know it's true! c'mon! it so is!

At my school if you're writing people go: "What? writing an emo poem"

me: yep..sure? A whole 90 pages worth. Wanna read?

XD

Soccer Mom
05-31-2007, 10:51 PM
Antisocial? Uh.....no. I'm happy, friendly, chatty-kathy. Just like my onscreen persona.

Drinking? Large quantities of coffee and the occasional Cape Cod.

Talking to myself? Why, no. No, I talk to the dogs. And the cats. And the fish. And the rabbit. I don't talk to myself. That would be crazy. :D

Beard? Soccer Dad has a little beard. It's quite sexy on him. I stroke it sometimes. (TMI?)

:D

C.bronco
05-31-2007, 10:59 PM
I never stare in anguish at my computer screen unless I'm on the Nascar website and see a picture from the race at Talladega October 2006!

I do like to talk to myself because I'm always friendly and encouraging, and I'm never ignored.

I don't have a beard.

Drinking too much? Nah. (Define too much).

I'm never a loner except when I'm by myself.
;)

Writer14
05-31-2007, 11:06 PM
I gotta lay off the drinking too.


<.<

I go through a gallon of milk by myself in a day usually lmao XDD

arrowqueen
06-01-2007, 12:14 AM
Cigarettes, booze, snappy one-liners, incredible nosiness...

Actually I think I might be a Private Eye.

zahra
06-01-2007, 12:30 AM
Almost all of the above. No beard and no staring in anguish at the screen, but I do talk to myself, I am anti-social (well, I would be if I didn't have a job in a club and so many damn friends trying to make me play with them when I'VE GOT WRITING TO DO!!!).

Seriously, though, even though I don't look like the stereotypical writer - I'm quite a glam bird, me - I do drink way too much and am extremely happy with my own company. I do dream of success. I am poor.

Actually, tell a lie - I do stare in anguish at the screen.

So, yeah - stick a beard on me and I'm it.

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 12:31 AM
You know it's true! c'mon! it so is!

At my school if you're writing people go: "What? writing an emo poem"

me: yep..sure? A whole 90 pages worth. Wanna read?

XD


You're right. Students that write at my school are labeled as an emo, geek, or suck-up.

I applaud that you ignore that kind of nonsense! :e2cheer:

Writer14
06-01-2007, 12:45 AM
You're right. Students that write at my school are labeled as an emo, geek, or suck-up.

I applaud that you ignore that kind of nonsense! :e2cheer:

^^ So long as I know what i am, i don't care what they say. I like life. it's fun. So, I'm so not emo, or a geek, or a suck up or anything. SO. I write. I enjoy writing.

It's awful that people gotta label others in an educational enviroment when it comes to writing. =/ Not as if you aren't supposed to write at school! Sheesh!

=]:partyguy:

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 12:49 AM
^^ So long as I know what i am, i don't care what they say. I like life. it's fun. So, I'm so not emo, or a geek, or a suck up or anything. SO. I write. I enjoy writing.

It's awful that people gotta label others in an educational enviroment when it comes to writing. =/ Not as if you aren't supposed to write at school! Sheesh!

=]:partyguy:


Try telling people you write romance. That goes over like a lead balloon. "Gee, you write porno? Who would've thought?" :Shrug:

scarletpeaches
06-01-2007, 12:49 AM
I'm anti-social, except with other writers. I don't have a beard, but I do talk to myself.

It's when the little voices start answering back that you start worrying.

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 12:53 AM
It's when the little voices start answering back that you start worrying.

Just call me Sybil. ;)

scarletpeaches
06-01-2007, 12:55 AM
I just try not to have arguments with them in public. It scares children and little old ladies.

Or maybe it's swatting at the invisible dragon-beetles crawling out of my ears that frightens them.

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 12:59 AM
I just try not to have arguments with them in public. It scares children and little old ladies.

Or maybe it's swatting at the invisible dragon-beetles crawling out of my ears that frightens them.


You are too funny!! :) My husband and kids have just learned to ignore me when I'm babbling too much. The Schnauzer thinks I'm talking to him, so he loves it.

Writer14
06-01-2007, 02:57 AM
Try telling people you write romance. That goes over like a lead balloon. "Gee, you write porno? Who would've thought?" :Shrug:

Gee! That's even more on the stereotypical side!! People...not all romance is porn...-.-;;

If it was...this world would be in a state of panic.

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 03:04 AM
Gee! That's even more on the stereotypical side!! People...not all romance is porn...-.-;;

If it was...this world would be in a state of panic.

Amazing, ain't it? Romance sells more novels than any other genre, and I write sensual not smutty. I can't even read erotica because it's just too much! But some people STILL don't get it. :Headbang: Let's just say I don't talk about my writing at school. Major conservative community here that might frown upon romance novels being written by a teacher.

Elodie-Caroline
06-01-2007, 04:15 AM
I'm not anti-social, I love being out with friends and family, but in my own home, i am very much the recluse, I always have been. I feel annoyed if people visit our house, that's my own little corner of the world and I like to keep it that way.
I don't drink, only tea and coffee. I don't look at the screen in anguish, if I feel like writing, I write, if I don't feel like it, I don't. I love doing my writing, but there are other important things in my life too... and if I want to stroke a beard, then I'll stroke my husband's! lol :D
I've always talked to myself, I even argue with myself over things, but I call it reasoning with myself, it sounds better that way.


Elodie

scarletpeaches
06-01-2007, 04:28 AM
I'm with you on the visitors, E-C. If my intercom goes and I'm not expecting anyone, I just don't answer it. You want to visit, you ask first. (I don't mean YOU, I mean 'you' in general)! If that makes me anti-social, then meh. So be it. It's my house after all. :D

jenfreedom
06-01-2007, 05:40 AM
No beard. No sleeve patches or pipe. Total extrovert. I'll talk for hours to anything that doesn't run screaming; including myself as I type. And I look like I should be following The Dead around; that is, if there was still Dead to follow...Maybe I should go follow The Others. Guess I'm not too stereotypically. Damn, I guess I quit.

Wait! I do have stacks and stack of books posed to fall at any moment, gathered around my desk -- does that count?

~ Jennifer

Silver King
06-01-2007, 06:02 AM
I'm not a writer.

I do, however, smoke and drink and raise hell like there's no tomorrow and howl at the moon and cause every kind of mischief known to mankind.

So what does that make me?

A reader.

Danger Jane
06-01-2007, 07:15 AM
I'm not a loner. I'm extremely needy. But I kind of float around among the cliques at school and don't have a ton of close friends at school.

I don't smoke or drink. My best friend told me she'd hang out with me less if I ever smoked and we only see each other about a week a year...so....I'd explode.

I'm pretty temperamental although I think that has to do with hormones...haha.

No beard. I know what a surprise.

TrainofThought
06-01-2007, 07:17 AM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Yes

Do you drink too much? Yes

Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come? Yes, but I don’t stroke me beard. :D

I’m checking into a psych ward tomorrow and will start attending AA meetings. Thanks for pointing out how royally messed up I am.

Eskimo1990
06-01-2007, 07:40 AM
Hmm, I don't drink, unless of course you mean pop..which you probably don't. I don't have a beard. I do stare at my computer/notebook for hours when I'm stuck. I do actually talk to myself...quietly, and generally when no one is around ....normally scenes that sound good to myself when i say them out loud but i can never get them to be that great on paper.... no i do not smoke....sorta a loner...

bunnygirl
06-01-2007, 07:45 AM
I used to drink too much, but I guess I don't have what it takes to be a great stereotypical writer, because I'd just type out a lot of crap and fall asleep. Now that I don't drink, I can stay awake long enough to edit, which is a big improvement. ;)

Backward Masking
06-01-2007, 08:10 AM
I'm quite the social type, but more of the supporting character persona. I'm not overly fond of attention when it's coming in waves.

My beard is currently in "beard heaven."
~May 20, 2007 - May 31, 2007~

I do talk to myself when driving. Usually a string of four letter words.

Anguish is a myth.

I do drink, but only when dining or going out to the pub.

WriterInChains
06-01-2007, 08:36 AM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer?

Sometimes closer than others. :)


Are you an anti-social loner?

That's "a-social" to you bub. (Although some people I've known may disagree, hehe.)


Do you drink too much?

If caffiene counts, then yes. I drank enough alcohol for at least one writing career in my 20s, but I'm calmer now.



Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Replace the "small beard" deal with a worry stone or hand-wringing & "milloinaire" with novelist, & yes. But, anguish is probably too strong a word since I have so much fun writing.



Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Much. Unfortunately, much of the "standard image" doesn't work for at least half of us because we have a uterus. Stereotypes are like rules -- they're fun to break. :)


Now to see what everyone else said. :)

Elodie-Caroline
06-01-2007, 02:20 PM
Yeah, too right Nichola! :D
Sometimes I feel sorry for a lonely, single, friend and I invite them round for dinner, I really love cooking anyway. But once they've eaten it, instead of them staying around to socialise for hours on end, I really wish they would bugger off back home! I like giving them the dinner, but I don't like giving them too much of myself and my time. I have even got to the stage at times where I've bitten my tongue to stop me from saying "Can you just F@ck off now please!". :Ssh:



I'm with you on the visitors, E-C. If my intercom goes and I'm not expecting anyone, I just don't answer it. You want to visit, you ask first. (I don't mean YOU, I mean 'you' in general)! If that makes me anti-social, then meh. So be it. It's my house after all. :D

Anne Lyle
06-01-2007, 04:23 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner?

I certainly prefer my own company most of the time - though I do get out and meet fellow writers 2-3 times a month.


Do you drink too much?

According to the cancer scare stories, yes. By most (European) people's standards, no.

I seldom drink when I'm writing - it ruins the concentration. Tea's much better.


Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

I don't have a beard, not having the correct gonads for it, but my male MC does - does that count? Also I try not to stare at the screen - bad for the eyes. And somehow I doubt I'll make a million by writing, especially on this side of the Pond. Not unless aliens abduct me and swap my brain with that of Susanna Clark :eek:


Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

I guess this has already been answered by the plethora of affirmative responses :)

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 05:48 PM
I do talk to myself when driving. Usually a string of four letter words.


I have the same problem. I also tend to use sarcasm as a weapon, even if the idiot who doesn't know how to drive can't possibly hear me.

Do all writers have road rage?? Or just smart people?? ;)

gem1122
06-01-2007, 07:55 PM
"It's not that I don't like people. I just seem to feel better when they're not around."

So true.

I seldom drink, but I procrastinate.
I am not at all eccentric.
Once, a student said I looked more like an athlete than a teacher and writer. Thanks? :Shrug:
I wear jeans and t-shirts.
I am very, very normal.
I am happily married and have two kids and a house.
The only stress in my life is not finishing this damn MS.

Maybe I'm too normal and content to have anything to say?:e2bummed:

Sandy J
06-01-2007, 08:42 PM
The only stress in my life is not finishing this damn MS.

Don't let that be your stress, it's counter-productive. If the WIP is a stress, walk away for a little bit. Read. Listen to some music. Anything to help relieve the tension. :Hug2:

ChunkyC
06-01-2007, 09:13 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer?
I've never been anywhere near a stereo typewriter, sounds neat!

:D

zahra
06-02-2007, 12:01 AM
I'm with you on the visitors, E-C. If my intercom goes and I'm not expecting anyone, I just don't answer it. You want to visit, you ask first. (I don't mean YOU, I mean 'you' in general)! If that makes me anti-social, then meh. So be it. It's my house after all. :D
Let visitors into my house??? When I'm not expecting anyone? Now, that's just crazy-talk.

I don't even answer my house-phone, cos it doesn't have caller ID. Anyone I care to have call me has my mobile number, and if they don't want to stay on the mobile cos of the cost, they're welcome to phone back on the land-line, cos then I'll know it's them.

Varthikes
06-02-2007, 01:33 AM
I don't drink (alcohol) too much. And, I never did.

I don't smoke, or do any other drugs. And, I never did.

I never use colorful metaphors in my speech--verbal or in my work.

My writing is not focused on the grief that had gone on in my past.

I do not write about murder, torture, drugs, sex, and such. At least not as the main theme. Though, one of my current projects does involve a rape... But, that's an isolated incident. My classmates in my Creative Writing classes always seemed to write about that stuff.

And, my writing isn't murky and depressing.

Shady Lane
06-02-2007, 02:33 AM
I'm nothing like the stereotypical writer. I'm more of the stereotypical teenager.

People are always so surprised when they find out I'm a (successful?) writer.

I guess I come across as an idiot.

Jamesaritchie
06-02-2007, 03:49 AM
I'm not a writer.

I do, however, smoke and drink and raise hell like there's no tomorrow and howl at the moon and cause every kind of mischief known to mankind.

So what does that make me?

A reader.

I think it makes you related to my neighbors.

Novelhistorian
06-02-2007, 06:19 AM
No beard, no hard booze, no smokes. I do talk to myself, which has my wife concerned. I startled the hell out of a guy in a store aisle the other day, because he thought I was talking to him. I hadn't known he was there. I had to laugh at that (once I finished cringing). I'm not antisocial, but I'm edgy, which can sometimes get in the way of making friends, so maybe that's typical.

Varthikes
06-02-2007, 06:36 AM
I talk to myself a lot, too.

I also talk to animals, and I don't mean my cats.

seun
06-02-2007, 04:31 PM
I don't drink (alcohol) too much. And, I never did.

I don't smoke, or do any other drugs. And, I never did.

I never use colorful metaphors in my speech--verbal or in my work.

My writing is not focused on the grief that had gone on in my past.

I do not write about murder, torture, drugs, sex, and such. At least not as the main theme. Though, one of my current projects does involve a rape... But, that's an isolated incident. My classmates in my Creative Writing classes always seemed to write about that stuff.

And, my writing isn't murky and depressing.

And you call yourself a writer? :D

Writer14
06-02-2007, 05:50 PM
I talk to my stuffed animals...but thats just when i'm about you go to sleep. =/

(i'm only kidding... ^^; )

Ardellis
06-02-2007, 06:06 PM
I'm an indifferent housekeeper, I'd live in PJs if I didn't have to hold down a job, and I haven't had a real haircut in, oh, 14 years or so (it's long and straight, so I can get away with it).

I drink too much caffeine, and I keep wierd hours (up at 4:30am on weekdays to check email and write before I have to leave for work).

I also talk to myself all the time. I prefer the people in my head over my coworkers for lunch companions. I do have friends, but not a lot of them and if I don't talk to them for a few weeks at a time it doesn't really bother me.

I can't go anywhere, even to a wedding, without something to read and something to scribble in -- just in case. And the only piece of luggage I absolutely must take with me on vacation is my laptop.

Aside from the drinking, smoking, and beard, I'm pretty far up on the stereotype scale, I think. :D

dub
06-03-2007, 05:10 PM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

Am a loner on two levels. Because I extremely hard of hearing, I generally avoid people and conversations. Secondly, I sit at home virtually alone 8 to 12 hours a day (sometimes I get the grandkids while their parents have a conflict in schedules). Drinking - uh, does Hemingway come to mind. Beard - no, mustache, yes = making a million or even any hope - no.

Shadow_Ferret
06-05-2007, 07:20 AM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?

I'm a loner, but not because I'm anti-social. It's because I'm shy.

Yes, some might think I drink too much, I don't think I drink enough.

I never stare in anguish and I don't have a beard. Not since I shaved.

TsukiRyoko
06-06-2007, 08:25 AM
When I name some personality traits, I fit the bill pretty well. I'm not anti-social, but I spend very little time with other people by choice. I've stared at my word processor for hours at a time, refusing to leave for anything until I've met my word count. I smoke too much. I don't have constant acess to alcohol, but if I did, I'd probably drink too much.

My personality as a whole doesn't fit the stereotype, but certain attributes definitely do.

SpookyWriter
06-06-2007, 08:42 AM
Be honest. How close are you to the stereotype writer? Are you an anti-social loner? Do you drink too much? Do you stare in anguish at the screen, stroking your small beard while desperate for the words that will make you a millionaire to come?

Is there any truth to the standard image of a writer?I can't believe I just now came to know of this thread. Interesting topic for trying to best describe the typical writer. I'm a little bliss to know that writers are type-cast as loners, alcoholics, depressed, anti-social individuals who are obsessed with getting their work published.

Would this same profile fit any other artistic endeavor? Do actors drink excessively while fretting over the next big role?

Do painters indulge in drugs to heighten their abilities to create works on canvas?

Are musicians all free-loaders, womanizers, who have no respect for authority or responsibility?

Yep, writers are stereotypical drunkards with no social skills who are the scoundrels of civilization as we know it. We are the embodied spirits of all artisans who commit our time and effort to tell a story which is a complete fabrication just so we can impress women, our families, and total strangers.

Sounds like me. :D

OmenSpirits.com
06-06-2007, 08:47 AM
I fit the basic definition of a sociopath.

Doesn't mean I'm dangerous, but if you look up the definition for both, they tend to blur together in many ways.

Loner. Yes. Anti-social behavior? Yes.

There's a lot of places my personality fits.

Addictive personality? Yes. To drugs/alcohol? No. Look up soci/psycopath and see how many of the traits we all have.

:D

TsukiRyoko
06-06-2007, 08:48 AM
Do painters indulge in drugs to heighten their abilities to create works on canvas? Not ALL of them....




Are musicians all free-loaders, womanizers, who have no respect for authority or responsibility? Actually, um... yeah. Most of them :D




Yep, writers are stereotypical drunkards with no social skills who are the scoundrels of civilization as we know it. We are the embodied spirits of all artisans who commit our time and effort to tell a story which is a complete fabrication just so we can impress women, our families, and total strangers.

Sounds like me. :D
You're drunk, aren't you? Spell disestablishmentarianism! Say your alphabet backwards while standing with one foot 6 inches off of the ground, please.

Sir, I think we're going to take you back to the station. Put both hands on the car and don't resist.

SpookyWriter
06-06-2007, 08:49 AM
I fit the basic definition of a sociopath.

Doesn't mean I'm dangerous, but if you look up the definition for both, they tend to blur together in many ways.

Loner. Yes. Anti-social behavior? Yes.

There's a lot of places my personality fits.

Addictive personality? Yes. To drugs/alcohol? No. Look up soci/psycopath and see how many of the traits we all have.

:DI'm too lazy to understand your issues. Sorry. :D Could you just post a picture or something? Maybe a nice receipt for meatloaf?

DamaNegra
06-06-2007, 09:06 AM
Hmmm... a stereotypical writer?

I'm a very sociable person. I'll talk to anything that talks back, moves, or just exists. I love being with other people, especially friends. I love people dropping by and I love dropping by on people I know don't mind.

As for the drinking, I drink only when I'm in company of friends. If I could get away with it, I'd drink a beer or two while at home. Hmm... cold beer... *drools* I drink a kind of tea called mate when I'm writing, which is really good and stimulates my creativity.

Smoking? Yeah, I smoke. Not as much as I used to, mostly only a cig in the morning to get my system started because coffee doesn't do the trick for me. When I'm at home I smoke my hookah, which is the only thing I'll smoke indoors because it leaves a wonderful smell instead of the disgusting cigarette smell.

I don't really stare at the screen. Whenever something's not flowing, I walk away from the computer and take a walk, walk the dog (ok, that's a lie, the dog walks me) or go for a ride in my bike, that usually gets my neurons going.

And I do have a beard.

OmenSpirits.com
06-27-2007, 07:04 AM
I'm too lazy to understand your issues. Sorry. :D Could you just post a picture or something? Maybe a nice receipt for meatloaf?

:Dhttp://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/c/c4/Meatloaf.jpg

Zippy Meat Loaf

From Diana Rattray,

Zesty meat loaf recipe with a little horseradish and oats, along with ground beef and chopped vegetables.

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 pounds lean ground beef, round
3/4 cup rolled oats
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup tomato juice
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 to 3 tablespoons horseradish, optional
1/2 cup ketchup
PREPARATION:
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