I am reading Clive Barker's Everville at the moment (intriguing story, but that's not what this is about) and one of the characters mentioned how she writes screenplays for a living. Gee, I never saw that coming. Now, I have written dozens and dozens (and dozens) of short stories, but I have never written any characters as writers.
Why the hell do so many novelists feel the need to do it?
I understand about the whole 'write-what-you-know' philosophy, but sometimes you read it and think: make him a fireman for Christ's sake! I could care less about this guy's latest idea! Are they collectively running out of ideas or what? Maybe I'm making too big a deal out of it, but it grates a bit nonetheless.
And before you start, I know what you're thinking: Brian, you are not a published novelist, so it's apples and oranges. Fair enough, but I've had lots of jobs as well, and only once have I seen fit to share it with one of my protagonists (checkout operator, if you must pry).