What does a writer look like? I'm sure that if I lined up with everyone who reads this blog, we'd all be very different! Maybe there would be things we'd have in common - like a groove between our eyes from scowling while we search for that perfect but temporarily elusive phrase; maybe an indentation in the top of one of our middle fingers from gripping a pen; perhaps a tendency to unconsciously flex our fingers to get rid of that RSI from typing... Perhaps many of us would be wearing comfy trousers with a nice loose waistband to facilitate all the sitting down, perhaps there'd be a far-away look in our eyes (thinking about a plot whilst pretending to be present in the room) - the list could probably go on!
Why am I wondering this? Well, my 19 year-old son, home from uni, was studying me while we were on the train to London a couple of weeks back and suddenly announced: "You look like a writer, Mum."
Naturally, I was initially ridiculously pleased, as it's good to know you look the part (unless you're a toilet cleaner, perhaps), but then doubt started to set in and the question 'what does a writer look like?' began to nudge at me. I didn't ask him for clarification - I was too afraid of the answer!
My hair is shoulder-length and curly with a tendency to frizz, I often wear glasses, I go for clothes that are slightly 'hippyish' (or so I've been told - I don't do it on purpose!). I don't THINK I've got the furrow between my eyes very badly yet, or the RSI in any noticeable way, and I haven't gone all the way down the elasticated waistband route, although I do like to slouch around in pj bottoms...
Maybe more worrying, though, was the comment he'd made earlier that morning after I'd been babbling on about something or other.
He said, very matter of factly, as though it was inevitable: "You'll probably go senile, Mum, because you're a bit eccentric."
Better stop procrastinating and start writing before I do!
Thanks for stopping by and reading!
May your trousers be comfy and your brow unfurrowed,