Wednesday, March 17, 2010

How You Know You're a Writer Nerd

Gawker has a funny post on What Type of Nerd Are You? Options are Sci Fi Geek, Tech Nerds, Mad Scientists, Music Snobs, The Wonk, Gamers, Gay Geek and Sports Fanatic.
Example:
Sci-Fi Geek

Description: The most influential of the bunch when it comes to pop culture, this group has pretty much taken over the entertainment business. They love anything related to comic books, superheros, galaxies far far away, fantasy worlds, alien invasions, or Sigourney Weaver in space. Without them, blockbusters wouldn't have monster opening weekends, Fringe would have no viewers, and Batman would have no fans. Not only do they obsessively collect the books, DVDs, and figurines related to their favorite titles, the often dress up in their costumes in the hopes of becoming the characters themselves.
Substrata: Comic Nerds, Trekkers, LAIR revelers
Gathering Place: San Diego Comic Con
Knows Way Too Much Useless Information About: The life and many deaths of Jean Grey
Eagerly Anticipating: Iron Man 2
It drove me nuts that the article's category titles really should have either been singular or plural - instead, Sci Fi Geek is singluar, Tech Nerds is plural, and so on. And the category descriptions should have been formatted similarly. For instance, "Sci Fi Geek" is written in the plural (using "they" etc.), but "The Wonk" is described as a singular male. This is especially shoddy since I know from personal experience that quite a few female wonks exist.

Er...yeah. I edit things for a living. It has made me really, really nerdy.

But Book Nerd, Author Nerd and Literary Nerd were not included on the list. I was going to remedy that by writing one for Literary Nerd, but that category is about as broad as...well, it's broad. (Yes, the Grammar Geek can't come up with an apt-enough simile.) Book Nerd is still too broad. So here instead is a narrow description of us author-wannabes:

Writer Nerds
Description: These creatures are single-mindedly devoted to being published. Often told by friends/parents/critique partners they are brilliant. Have blogs in hopes of being "discovered" by a literary agent who will turn them into the next Stephenie Meyer. Which is good because if they have blogs they are also statistically more likely to write some form of YA fantasy. Their characters "speak" to them and often "take over" their novels. Writer Nerds understand and use acronyms like ms, MC and NaNoWriMo. They can wax on for hours about the future of e-books and what it means for author royalty statements because instead of writing, they can often be found scouring industry and agent blogs in order to connect with the people who could make their dreams come true...and also to learn about publishing. They know who you're talking about if you casually mention Nathan, Kristin, Janet or Moon Rat. If they're especially awesome, they remember Miss Snark. They're probably introverts.
Substrata: Grammar Geeks, "Pre-Published Authors," Jaded Slush Pile Veterans, Clueless Newbies
Gathering Places: SCBWI and RWA conferences, coffee shops, the comment section on Nathan's blog
Know Way Too Much Useless Information About: query letters, Stephenie Meyer's road to publication, the personal lives of literary agents
Eagerly Anticipating: The day their books hit the NYT Bestseller list

1 comment:

Iapetus999 said...

Guilty as charged.
I was in a critique group the other day and they didn't know what the "shapeshifter" character archetype was. Or what a "character archetype" was.

Noobs!