Writing about writing and writing about writers is very distracting for writers, which is probably why we do it. Here are three nice things about writing and writers:
1. Writers envy but they are not jealous. We envy good writing crafted by those who aren’t us. If we were jealous we would wish failure upon them. We don’t. We just want to be them.
2. Writers are lonesome but not isolated. We need a sparsely populated inner place to fill. If we were isolated we would have no one to write for and nothing to write. We aren’t isolated. We just behave in ways the uninformed tend to think of as unsociable.
3. Writers read but they don’t critique. We learn to write by reading so that’s essential. If we critiqued, we would stop writing altogether because we soon realize readers will critique us, too. We don’t critique. Not aloud. We appreciate.