Writers are not lazy | A.S. Winchester


Every once in awhile I come across a post that really touches home with me as a writer.


The post I’m reblogging today is entitled, Writers are not lazy, by A.S. Winchester.

This article was written by the author in response to the aforementioned remark she’d overheard while visiting a book store.


“I was in Barnes & Noble this weekend perusing through books and the three of you were there, in the middle of the aisle, talking to each other.


First off… if you’re going to stand and talk… please do so in a place that doesn’t block half the books in the aisle. If you ARE going to stand and talk in the aisle, don’t get pissed off at me when I say “excuse me” so I can look at the possible book I might buy next.


The three of you were very pretty high school aged girls with far too much make-up on, fake nails, and clothes far too skimpy for the cold weather we’re having. You’re growing up too fast and that bothers me with the younger generations these days, but I digress.


As I stood absorbing all of the magic around me, I could not help overhearing the very loud conversation you were having.


“Writers are so lazy!” one of you said with clear distaste in your voice. “They just sit around all day and do nothing, but sit on a computer.”


It took everything–and I mean EVERYTHING–in me not to turn around and chew the three of you out right there as all of you agreed on the concept. So let me say it here…” Continue reading her wonderful reply here. 



Source: Writers are not lazy | A.S. Winchester 



27 thoughts on “Writers are not lazy | A.S. Winchester

  1. I’m going off to read the post. Something tells me it will make my eyes roll. As a teen, my mom would walk into my room and say, “Go sweep the floor; you’re not doing anything.” Or wash the dishes, fold the laundry…fill in the blank. What I was doing was writing the first draft to my fantasy novel. But I was writing, and writing was doing nothing.


    1. Diane, this is why I loved this article. Someone has spoken up. Nobody who doesn’t write, will never understand that our job never ends, we don’t retire, our minds are always working and anything in life can spark the next book. It reminds of an old story I heard (I can’t remember the author’s name right now), where she’s at a party talking to a brain surgeon who tells her, “Ya, I think when I retire I’ll write a book.” She replies, “Ya, I think when I retire, I’ll become a brain surgeon.” LOL Zing!


  2. Here’s what I posted on Winchester’s blog:
    In an earlier phase of life, I was an English professor, with tons of papers to grade and a heap of side projects. Now I’m a writer and I’ve never worked harder. Day and night my mind is always at work and now writing memoir, I keep the seat warm (hot!) on my writing chair. Okay, sometimes I play hooky!

    And that’s the TRUTH!


    1. You’ve got that right Raphaela! And when life interferes, it can certainly throw off our creativity. It can be very stressful. So in closing I will reiterate, Writers Are Not Lazy! )


  3. Great post you found there. Very inspiring. I don’t think there’s anything I can add. Getting my first book finished has almost killed me, it’s anything but lazy!

    But you see, prejudice and discrimination comes from lack of education and knowledge. Those girls only thought that because they don’t know any better. If it were me, I’d have chewed them to bits!


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