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([personal profile] grayrose Apr. 3rd, 2009 06:03 pm)
Some reasons why my academic peers and students could figure out I am a writer:
  • I say things like, "This is just a form rejection."
  • I measure output in word count, not in pages. E.g. Student,  "How many pages should my paper be?" Rose: "About 1500 words."
  • I count how many words until tenure.
  • I call my academic writing "nonfiction"
  • I am fond of telling my students, "Stephen King writes 2000 words a day! Come on, you can write this measly 250-word paper!"
  • When confronted with a statement "How writers think about this, we will never know" (Mieke Bal, Narratology) I quickly respond with, "Actually, we do know," and a longish explanation.
  • When asked, "How do you know all this?" I mumble, "I have been doing informal interviews with writers for a project."




From: [identity profile] shweta-narayan.livejournal.com


Hee!

Fortunately this mostly means that only academics who have a clue about writers (and thus might be sympathetic)would figure it out.

From: [identity profile] grayrose76.livejournal.com


Yes, and I was almost ousted once by a very, very senior and rather famous professor who is "trying her hand at fiction". She was the last person on earth I wanted to figure this out, so I had to talk very quickly to cover up.

From: [identity profile] elsmi.livejournal.com


"Oh, a lot of my friends are writers" works to cover most of those. (Maybe not "nonfiction".)

(Would anyone not a writer themselves even recognize the term "form rejection"?)

From: [identity profile] grayrose76.livejournal.com


I also say "A lot of my friends are writers," although the other comes often as well...

Everybody recognizes "rejection," but I have baffled many a student by "form rejection". (I mean, if a graduate school sends you a letter saying "we had many qualified applicants this year", it *is* a form rejection!)
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From: [identity profile] kaolinfire.livejournal.com


When confronted with a statement "How writers think about this, we will never know" (Mieke Bal, Narratology) I quickly respond with, "Actually, we do know," and a longish explanation.

:hee:

When asked, "How do you know all this?" I mumble, "I have been doing informal interviews with writers for a project."

ROFL!
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