11 Things Only Environmental Writers will UnderstandPosted by on February 18, 2015
“Hey, who wrote that line about … are you listening to me?”
“What? Sorry, I was listening to the birds.”
And so began a day-long, on-and-off-again joke about all of the things that only an environmental writer can relate to.
This wasn’t even going to be a blog post. But we decided to pick our top ten and make it one.
Here it goes:
1 – You’d rather be writing … or birding, or hiking.
2 – Speaking of birds, there’s one in every story or essay you’ve written, even if it’s a “minor character.”
3 – You secretly wish you were a photographer–a wildlife photographer.
4 – It’s very possible that you may have been mistaken for a wildlife photographer … even if you didn’t carry a camera.
5 – When you think of “sexy” writers, you think of Rachel Carson or Peter Matthiessen.
6 – Words like rhizome, gulch, or frugivorous appear throughout your prose.
7 – It’s never just a river.
8 – Too many tree descriptions? Never.
9 – “Place” is everything.
10 – The point is to get lost.
11 – This is your favorite kind of coffee table:
So environmental writers, can you relate? What others are there?