Writing On Wednesday: Stereotypes

A little update before I start Writing on Wednesday for this week. Thank you everyone who has left a comment and such lovely thoughts, I really appreciate it. I am around at the moment, but only to a bare minimum. I’m still trying to concentrate on family, health, and life away from the computer. So I am getting all your comments you’re leaving and I have got posts scheduled for something to read, but I’m, well, pretty anti-social as far as blogger interaction goes. All in good time though.

I can say one very good thing lately that has changed, is that I’m definitely reading more often now. I was worried it was going to be one book, starting to read, and then slowly stop again. Luckily it’s not because too many books are coming out!

Anyway, onto it.

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created right here at Bookish Ardour and is for everyone to participate in. Every Wednesday I will post a new question for writers to answer on their own blogs or to answer in the comments. You can be aspiring, you can be published, or you can just write as a hobby.

All you have to do is link back to this post and leave a link to yours in the comments. Simple! Please remember to leave a proper comment, and not just an I was here one. Thanks!

This Week’s Question: I was saving this for a post all of it’s own, but it got me to wondering about what people think of writers (and if there are enough participants I might make a list of your answers). Writing Stereotypes; have you been subjected to them? What do you find are the most common you’ve been subjected to and what ones have you heard of?

My Answer -In real life, not as much as I would expect. When it comes to entertainment then a lot and in places that have really surprised me. Stephen King wrote a stereotypical writer Jack Torrance in The Shining. It’s been a very long time since I read the story, but I remember enough detail and I’ve watched the movie enough to know that the character of Jack is a bit of a drinker. I’ve seen plenty of other writer characters in movies who are drinkers, anti social, smoke a hell of a lot, and seem to want to go on benders of some sort.

Yeah sure. I do all those a lot and all my writer friends are raging alcoholics who get into all sorts of trouble.

As for real life… I started writing out this whole thing that sounded a little angry by the end of it. And then the one thing I came up with, the one thing that made me go “oh can’t forget that!’ I forgot.

So here’s a smaller list;

  • I have gotten reactions from people in the past where they think that writing is so easy and always fun (I can just think of the crazy amount of novels I would have written by now if that was the case. I love writing, but it can be such a hard road)
  • If I’m writing I must have some sort of degree in some area (some writers do, some don’t, I don’t and not all writers who do have a degree get one because they were writing)
  • My main character must be about me (when I’m writing non fiction about my life then sure)
  • I live in a pig sty (I’m not a neat freak, but I do love things organised and tidy)
  • Every time I meet someone new I want to tell them the whole plot line and have them read my draft (I write up a list of readers to forward my second draft to before I even write it, that job is filled. As for sharing everything? No way. I don’t mind questions, I don’t mind talking about what my aim is, but I’m going to share the bare minimum because I don’t want to give away anything and sometimes I’m still working things out)
  • I’m a wallflower (sure I’m an introvert and I can be shy, but I can also talk to strangers a lot if I’m in the mood and not every writer I met is the shy type either).

Ok, maybe a longer list then I thought, but oh well. If you answer this one you don’t have to answer in list form, you can share one and your experience with it or answer it in any way you feel like.

Next Week's Question: The way people consume their entertainment
has been changing rapidly and the writing industry hasn't been
left out; with the steady increase of the digital industry and
popularity of ebooks how do you feel about publishing in a
digital format compared to a paper format? Are you against it?
Unsure of it? Ready to accept it? Have completely embraced it?

To submit a question please email bookishardour@gmail.com with
WriWe in the subject title.

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