Sorry That I Don’t Look Like a Writer
Honestly, I don’t have the slightest clue as to what a writer is supposed to look like… but apparently every one else knows. So, what is it? The Velma type? The John Green type? The Edgar Alan Poe type? How about Charlotte Perkins Gilman-Stetson, Stephanie Myers, J. K. Rowling, Racheal Ray… any of those have any common attributes? Didn’t think so.
I’m pretty, I know my way around the makeup brush, and I don’t wear glasses and dark clothing. But, I still write. I love to write. One day when my face is on the cover of a novel, maybe you’ll wish you looked like me after all. My very existence is nothing but unorthodox. I don’t mean to say that I’m quirky at all, which I very well could be according to my love for Spongebob, but I stick out like a sore thumb. I have a dog with me everywhere I go (she’s a service dog). So, I don’t know what I’m supposed to look like, but I can look however I damn please. It makes me no less of a writer.
Now, I’m not saying that I’m some sort of prodigy writer. However, I work hard to be creative. I write these posts on medium, and I have my own blog, and I write creative pieces for my university school work. I’m branching into it with my feet on the ground running. And as far as I can tell, I’m trying harder to write than most of the people who look at me puzzled when I say I write. I have more dedication, and more time pouring into it than they do. Soooo.
I’m sorry that I don’t have a small frame with glasses, an artist’s beanie, and dark clothes. Thank you movie industry. However, I am doing my best. The very thing that destroys us as humans is judgement. I’d appreciate it if anyone who judges me for not looking how they expect would realize that there is no specific “look.” It’s a vicious world out there, so there’s no need to make it even more so. If anything, why don’t you stay shocked that I write, but compliment me in the same conversation instead of tearing me down. You don’t know everything, and I don’t need permission to be a writer. Thank you to all the lovely ladies who hid behind doors in order to write, you have made it possible for women to write in the 21st century. Keep on writing ladies and gents! Writing isn’t for everyone. Just as they say those who can — teach. Doesn’t mean that everyone who teaches is good at it. So too, is true, that not every writer who writes is good at it.