I’m Probably a Writer If… (I’ll take an old, clicky keyboard over a typewriter any day.)

Nine out of every ten cliches about writers threaten to make the cords connecting my eyeballs to my brain snap for eye rolling that is just. so. hard. Not only because they are cliches, but because I can’t relate to them. Obsessing over typewriters. Being eccentric. Finding train travel romantic. Always needing more time to do everything. Always being in the middle of 14 books. Basically just being a ridiculous person. Every BuzzFeedish list titled, “You’re Probably a Writer If…” leaves me saying, “Whelp, guess I’m ‘probably’ not a writer. According to this listicle.”
I wonder how many of these things that we, as writers, simply emulate because we think they are writerly behaviors, not updating to jive with reality. For example, I do not have a romantic attachment to typewriters because I’ve never written a damn thing on a typewriter. Nor have I observed writers I admire doing so. I can’t imagine how anyone from my generation truly feels differently. What does makes me nostalgic, what I would find romantic to bang out a novel on, is an old, IBM, click-clack keyboard.

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