Writers are Weird
Updated: Oct 3, 2020
Someone asked me recently what I do for a living. Obviously I said I'm a writer. Their reaction? "Writers are weird."
I wasn't embarrassed or ashamed. I wasn't even insulted by the remark. I embraced it. The truth is, I know writers are weird.
As a famous author once said, "It is a truth universally acknowledged" ... that writers are weird. Okay, maybe Jane Austen didn't exactly say ALL of that, but I'm sure she wouldn't have disagreed. I actually have sat down and thought about this and have made my claim about why writers are indeed very weird.
Dictionary.com defines weird in three ways:
1. involving or suggesting the supernatural; unearthly or uncanny
-If we go by this definition, half of the writers are weird just by genre alone. Therefore, writers are weird. Case proved.
2. fantastic; bizarre
-If we take this definition, obviously ALL writers are weird simply for our ability to take the 26 letters in the alphabet and turn them into extraordinary novels and books that people pay money to read and have signed. Writers are fantastic and bizarre. Writers are weird.
3. Archaic. concerned with or controlling fate or destiny.
-We are definitely weird if we take this definition for fiction writers because all we want to do is control the fate and destiny of our characters. We are little control freaks who want to control our characters' lives.
When a person can sit in a room all alone for hours, days, or even weeks at a time with only coffee, a computer or a notebook, and imaginary friends, there is some level of other-ness happening there that most non-writers don't understand. We live in a world that many people don't understand and it's hard for so many people to embrace what we love. Maybe we aren't geniuses and maybe we can't decipher Morse Code (though I'm sure there are some who can!)
But Writers are the ones who can make all your sadness and sorrows melt away with the turn of a page. Are writers going to send rockets to the moon? Probably not. Are we going to send you to the moon in the pages of our books? Absolutely.
Yes, writers are weird, and some of us even have weird fetishes like werewolves and vampires, or dragons or faeries. We dream about what it would be like to live in a world other than our own just so you can experience one different than yours.
Perhaps, weirdness is okay. We all can be a little weird sometimes.
“For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice.
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