Advertising and editorial images are not real life.
No one wants to see what you really look like asleep in your brand new mattress.
No one wants to see what you really look like making a salad in your spotless kitchen, courtesy of the handy dandy superior vacuum promising to change your life.
So stock image companies: Please. Stop.
Stop making women writers look cute and cuddly and adorable and silly sitting cross-legged on the floor as they write.
It is embarrassing.
Show us how we really look.
A mess surrounded by mess!
It is not cute or pretty but …
writers get the job done.
It’s not fun.
It is work.
Sidebar note: The above was written in my doctor’s examination room. Waiting to be seen. As you may be able to guess, I waited a long time to be seen. I did not write on the floor in my too-cute pajamas and slouchy socks. I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille. Mask on. Examination table for a chair. Clock ticking. Flat hair. Steamy reading glasses.
In other words? Not camera ready. End scene.