20 Ways to Tell You’re a Writer

20 Ways to Tell You’re a Writer:
(In random order)

  1. Ideas for plots, characters and dialogue pop up in your head anytime and anywhere.
  2. Aside from owning a lot of notebooks, you have post-its, napkins and sheets of papers filled with random things you’ve written. (When I was 18 and working at a retail store, I ripped a piece of receipt paper from the cash register because I had to write a poem.)
  3. You love books.
  4. You can write scenes and dialogue in your head while doing house chores.
  5. You’re observant.
  6. You can almost always predict what’s about to happen next during a movie.
  7. You don’t mind spending hours alone—writing.
  8. You love words.
  9. You don’t only love to write. You have to write.
  10. You get the urge to want to rewrite scenes from movies or TV shows you’ve just watched.
  11. You say this line too often, “I need to write that down”.
  12. You get frustrated when you don’t get to write.
  13. You can be many different characters at one time when writing stories.
  14. You daydream often.
  15. You can fill blank pages with stories that most of the time write themselves.
  16. You’re always editing.
  17. You have voices in your head and you can’t shut them up. You try, but they come back anyway.
  18. You have a crazy imagination.
  19. Going to bookstores excite you.
  20. You see things differently. To others, it’s just a photo, just a line from a song, just a train ride, but to you—it’s a story.

There are other ways to tell if you’re a writer, but I thought I’d stick to 20. Please feel free to add more. 🙂

0 Replies to “20 Ways to Tell You’re a Writer”

  1. I do every one of those. I could relate most especially to number 12. I even get cranky (to put it mildly) if I don’t get a chance to sit down and write. I might add that hours can go by when I’m writing and I won’t even realize how late it’s gotten. Thanks for these.

    1. There was a time where I didn’t write for months because I was busy with school and work. It really felt like something was missing and I didn’t know at the time that it was writing. Once I got back to it, I felt sooooo much better. 🙂

      Thanks, Lori.

  2. Also:
    -you’re a bit smelly and think hygeine is for elitists
    -you want to write the beauty that you hear in music
    -when someone writes something that you like, you desperately wish you had thought of it first
    -you give up a promising career in some professional field for abject poverty and couldn’t be happier about it
    -dancing alone in underwear only is perfectly acceptable
    -you once met a glass of wine you didn’t like, but it’s been years
    -you’d explain all this if you could, but you can’t and so you don’t

    1. Best feeling in the world to be able to write that story that’s been sitting in your head for a long time. Can’t wait to hear about yours when it’s done. Thanks for the comment, Crystal! 🙂

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