Hello, dear readers! After a wonderful week of flunking quizzes and freehanding the letters on my science project board, I'm here (finally!) with an update.
I stole this from Lifehack.com, and you can read the full article here. But I looked up ten common misconceptions about writers, and I'm here to answer nine of them to see if they apply to my own life.
#1: Writers have no social life.
Okay, okay, the only time I typically leave the house is to go to church. But I'm blaming the fact that I'm a homeschooled introvert. When I grow up, I plan on having friends like any normal person. We're not a separate species.
#2: Writers exaggerate constantly.
Oh, please. Where do people come up with stuff like this? I tend to be a rather rational person. When I do exaggerate, I'm probably making a joke. "If Mom doesn't go shopping soon, we'll be living off granola bars and applesauce" is one I made the other day. Mom went shopping today. Yay for everyone!
#3: Writers are fast readers.
I've always been a fast reader, and it has nothing to do with my writing. It helps with college work, but when I'm reading my own work to proof it, I tend to take my time. It saves me from embarrassing mistakes--most of the time. And when it doesn't, I've already shipped it off to a teacher at the University of Iowa.
#4: Writers can make up a story in no time.
It takes time to fully develop a full and concrete plot. An idea comes in an instant, but I always let it sit for a while before it develops into a plot. Where the Clouds Catch Fire came about rather quickly; I had the basics of the plot down within a few hours. But it was still several months before I actually sat down to write it.
#5: I skipped it because I'm still a tax deduction.
#6: Writers want to become teachers.
Homeschool mom? Yes. Teacher? No. If I wanted to be a teacher, I would be majoring in education.
#7: Writers think writing is "you know, pretty okay."
The only time writing is "pretty okay" is when I'm stuck on a scene. It's easy to get discouraged, too; but for the most part, I love what I do.
#8: Writing is a relaxing job.
The only relaxing thing about writing is the fact that I sit down to write. The excitement of battle scenes, the soft touch of romantic interludes, and the angst of research done after-the-fact all add up to one hectic job. And I'm not even writing full-time yet.
#9: Writers can finish their projects whenever they want.
I can, yes. But someday, I'm going to have a very large fanbase who wants the next book to be released ASAP, not to mention publishers who work on schedules.
#10: Writers are boring nerds.
Nerd, yes. Boring, not so much. While I'm not always the best at conversations, I'm one of the craziest people I know. I wouldn't have it any other way.
What do you think is the most common stereotype about authors--or any occupation? Do you exhibit the traits of a misconceived author? Tell me in the comments below, and God bless!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.