Misconceptions about Writers

“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.” ― Susan Sontag

Glasses sitting on top of laptop
Putting my “writer” glasses on.

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I’m missing it more than usual today. It brings me so much peace to sit down, start typing, and divulge my thoughts on this blog. One of my goals is to get back into regular blogging because I love it. This time though there will be no Instagram account or fancy “from blog to business” lifestyle. Just me, doing what I love. It feels good to be back.

I’ve had this title floating around in my head for a while, and I was feeling a desire to write it today for whatever reason. So, I’m taking that motivation and applying it to the thing I love most.

There are an abundance of misconceptions about writers. Really, there are misconceptions about any career path or profession out there, but this one’s mine and I thought it’d be fun to share:

Our brains are powered by Webster. This one always gives me a good laugh, which is why it warrants its position in this list. People always turn to me for definitions or the “smart” words. Believe it or not, I can’t always just throw out a word on the fly or recite the definition of a word two seconds after I’ve been asked and usually caught off guard. In fact, I learn new words every day, especially since there are over 170,000 words in the English language. I will say, it was a lot easier to do when I was a college student!

We want to sit around and write books all day. I can’t even pretend for a second that I don’t dream about this, but it’s not realistic (at least for me). Writers need breaks and can’t always work on the same project continuously. Plus, I need to be around people, which is why I love the corporate office work environment. Unless I could hire a full staff to help keep me organized and had time to work with a writing group.

Writers are exceptional at spelling and grammar. I wish it were true, but I make mistakes just like everyone else because I’m human. I am somewhat of a perfectionist, which means one typo weighs heavy on my brain for longer than it should. The truth of the matter is: even writers have to look up grammar rules and proper spellings. It’s not always easy to remember whether or not that comma goes before “such as.” P.S. It does if it’s part of a non-restrictive clause. 😉

Writers never stop writing. This is a tough one for me because all I wanted to do after grad school was anything but write. I wanted to take a break and relax from it, you know? Focus more on the “fun stuff” like journaling and blogging rather than project outlines and character development. For that reason, working on my novels came to an immediate halt. There needs to be a balance between writing and living AKA the experiencing AKA the “research” for my projects.

The list could go on, but I’ve got banana bread in the oven and need to tend to it. More blogs are on their way soon, so stay posted. The content queen is back!

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