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Thinking Makes It So: 4 reasons why no one should write

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By Kelly LeVan

4. Writers are unhappy.

I know this is a stereotype. I also know it’s true. Just look at a writer’s photo – just about any writer’s photo. They frown. They brood. They burn the camera with their heavy-lidded eyes. They look brilliant – but goofy? Fun-loving? Ebullient? I don’t think so.

Here’s the thing. We all ponder the universe from time to time. We reflect on our values. We search our souls for a good answer to the question, “What does it all mean?”

We are all deep.

You know, sometimes.

But I don’t believe people can think that hard and be happy simultaneously. A person needs to alternate: work hard for a few hours, then talk about “Indiana Jones” while sucking something sweet up a straw.

Which leads me to another thing. An author can’t even stop contemplating for that tiny fraction of a second while someone snaps his or her photo. That does not leave a lot of time for crazy joy.

3. Writers are useless.

Another stereotype. Another fact. But what good are writers?