So, I’ve been working on my writer’s beard for a little while now. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it’s only the undisputed sign of commitment to the craft. Many great writers have them, i.e. Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin (Many don’t, i.e. Steven King, C.S. Lewis, and Michael Crichton). How do you grow one? Simple. Just focus on your writing instead of your personal “manscaping” and you’ll soon see the fruits of your labor blossom on your face (also on the page).
Okay, at this point you’re probably just thinking, “He’s just too lazy to shave.” (And you’d be right). However, I think that there are plenty of reasons to grow a beard.
1. It helps contain your writing ideas (more handy than notecards)
2. It’s winter (almost over, though) and a beard will keep your chin warm
3. Beards look cool when well-kept
4. It’s easier than shaving everyday
5. It makes you look like a proper writer (admittedly, in the fantay & sci-fi genres)
Recently, though, the beard has made a move into acting. Sure, directors have long worn beards (George Lucas, Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, etc.), but now actors are wearing them, too…at least during winter award shows.
So, enjoy the beard while you can, fellow writers, soon it will be summer and the tanned masses will expect clean-shaven faces and toned bodies (that’s two strikes against me…).