It’s funny how your mind works. One minute you’re trying to think of something worth writing about, and the next you’re wondering who would win between Godzilla and the Hulk. Then you’re thinking that actually the two of them have a lot in common (big, green, ticked off, created by nuclear bombs) and would probably be great friends if they stopped talk a minute. Which, fortunately for the rest of us, isn’t going to happen.
And then you start thinking, hey, I’m a writer, and writers are a lot like that big green guy–the Hulk, not Godzilla, although I’d be willing to be convinced of that. So how are writers like the Hulk? Let me count the ways…
- They tend to jump around a lot with no apparent plan, but somehow they get the job done.
- When they’re criticized, they try to stay calm, but inside they want to smash you! (Okay, writers are more like Bruce Banner that way. The Hulk would just smash you.)
- They have a propensity for wearing purple pants and no shirts. (There’s a reason writers work alone.)
- When they’re stomping around trying to work something out in their heads, it’s best to give them lots of space.
- They are, to put it mildly, wildly misunderstood.
- They take great leaps.
- They try to pare their dialogue down to the most essential words and phrases.
- They don’t work well with others, but if Scarlett Johansson bats her eyes at them, they’ll usually settle down.
- They both work mostly in fiction.
And the final thing that writers and the Hulk have common:
10. The Hulk is stronger than a tank, and the pen is mightier than the sword.