I've been trying to think of a good example of a writer-as-role-model. So far, not so good. I can think of various writers I like and none of them are good role models. I wouldn't want a child of mine emulating the attitudes or lifestyles of any of the writers on my short list:1) Ernest "Papa" HemingwayA boozing womanizer with no visible means of support. And why the nickname? He never had kids.