Mirabile Dictu has written an interesting piece about writers. She is a writer, but she really likes to read. (That sounds like most librarians I know-we become librarians because most of us like to read, but nowadays, our jobs have us doing so much more.)
What are you writers really like? Do you know any? I have met a few and they usually normal.
If you tell someone you are writing a novel (or something else), you get almost the same pat on the back that you get when you tell people you are attending college with a major in whatever. Is it because these things are valued or because we are conditioned to tell children or anyone else that being in school is a good thing?