One of the best books I read in 2016 was, undoubtedly, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. And one of my favorite quotes from that book is “dress for the novel you want to write.” It’s simple, it’s direct, it makes sense. It comes down to the face (& body) you project out into to the world, before that “world” of readers and supporters even exists, when that “world” is only you, looking back at yourself in the mirror.
It is another way of saying “fake it ’till you make it” but more appropriate and meaningful to us as writers. It calls attention to that thing we want to “make”. It’s not “whatever”, it is something tangible and concrete; a novel, a story, an article, a poem, a book, an ebook.
Indeed, the clothes make the man, or in this case, they make the writer, the kind of writer you want to be and are meant to be: if your see it, you’ll believe it, you’ll become it.
Of course, there’s a caveat. You don’t go and spend all the money you don’t have and stack up your credit card purchasing clothes way above your budget. It’s not about buying “new” and expensive items at all. It’s about embodying the writer of that novel, book or story, now! How does she dress? How does she care for herself? What image, what vibe is she projecting with her clothes? What statement is she making? and is this statement consistent with what she is writing?
Thinking that a writer doesn’t concern himself with fashion is a myth. I’m a writer and I’ve always been intrigued by fashion. Though now, I’ve come to understand the fleeting nature of “fashion” and the staying power of Style. That’s what I aim for. And as much as my wardrobe style reflects my personal preferences and lifestyle, it trickles down into my own writing self. I was fascinated to discover, I write like I dress.
Effortless and Minimalist-Classic, with a touch of Simple Elegance 😉
How do you write? Describe your writer’s wardrobe/writing style below!