There's a strange trend I've noticed for a while now. Whether it's on a T-shirt, bumper sticker, or online graphic, the word "Writer" is often seen with the image of a typewriter.
The image of a writer sitting in front of a typewriter is so common, we accept it without question.
Yet most of us writers can't relate to the image above. Our writing lives look a little more like this:
For many of us, it likely involves yoga pants or PJs, no makeup, and our living room sofa.
Despite all of this, though, the typewriter continues to be the universal symbol of "writer." So it wasn't surprising when the TV show Mike & Molly chose to throw one into a scene with Susan Sarandon. It was part of the background, stocked with things to demonstrate what a writer would have.
Perhaps Susan Sarandon's character, a successful novelist, prefers using a typewriter. It's possible. But of all of the writers I know, I can't name one who uses a typewriter.