Writers are nice people

There are lots of stereotypes of writers–particularly romance writers I suppose–and the more writers I meet, the more I think these stereotypes aren’t based on any kind of reality.

Not for genre or mainstream fiction writers, anyway.

This year, between serving on the board of my local RWA chapter and attending way too many conferences for my own good, I’ve had the pleasure to meet many authors including several big-time bestselling authors. I have to tell you, they just couldn’t be a nicer, smarter more generous group of women.

Maybe it’s because in romance and women’s fiction we’re writing about human relationships, so the writers who are good at showing these relationships to readers via their words, are also good at human relationships in “the real world”. Maybe it’s because writers understand what makes people tick?

Don’t know… But what inspired this post was a lovely dinner Saturday night with Mary Jo Putney who kindly came up to Toronto to speak to our TRW members. While answering our questions in the afternoon, she was frank and open and honest and encouraging,and then was gracious and really good fun when the board took her and her husband out for dinner in the evening.

I’m wondering, if all stereotypes exist because they’re true… where are the nasty diva’s eating bon bons? Where are the sad introverts who live only through their characters? I’ve never met any writers like that. Have you?

(Not that being an introvert is a bad thing . I’m a bit of one myself. By sad introvert, I just mean that stereotype of a lonely romance writer with absolutely no life or friends besides her cat. The Joan Wilder before she goes to Columbia stereotype.)

  4 comments for “Writers are nice people

  1. October 17, 2006 at 2:24 am

    Meeting other writers has been the best part of the past year. If the whole literary diva thing is dying off I am willing to get a feather boa and start swanning around. I long to channel my inner bitch. Looking forward to seeing you in Surrey.

  2. October 17, 2006 at 11:40 am

    What?? You mean I won’t be able to stay home and eat bon bons all day once I’m published?? That’s it, you burst my bubble Maureen.


    (And I agree.)

  3. October 18, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Drat, the whole reason I’m exploring writing is so I can justify my bon bon eating diva behavior.

    Guess I’d better move to my next choice…opera singer (celebrated for being plump, now that’s a great gig).

  4. October 27, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    *sigh* I can honestly say I’ve met both types. The scariest of the sad writer was the guy who kept trying to hit on me by telling me about his sex scenes. (and they weren’t even good sex scenes.)
    And the divas? well, you can’t work as an editor without meeting a couple of those… one even threatened me with legal action because I had a link to her book on my blog telling people to go buy it. (yeah, I know. :) )

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