11 Things Only Environmental Writers will Understand
Posted 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?


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