In John Warners book Fondling Your Muse he gives a quiz to tell if your a real writer. One of the questions is
"Do you find a way to tell everyone that your a writer no matter what the context? For example, when your dry cleaner asks if you want starch do you say "Im a writer, you know?" or when you take your car in for a tune up do you say something like "As a mechanic you fix cars; as a writer, I fix the human soul."
I think thats pretty hilarious. Quite accurate, but hilarious.
Why do you think this is? Are writers vain? I think to an extent every writer thinks highly of themselves. Is that vain? Is there one type of writer more vain than another?