You know you’re a writer… #tuesdaylist

  • You know you’re a writer when you carry a pocket-sized notebook because you can’t memorize all the ideas that pop in your head.
  • You know you’re a writer when you copy snippets of conversation because you know your character would laugh at it later.
  • You know you’re a writer when “real” people don’t seem as exciting as the people we create.
  • You know you’re a writer when you can’t stop writing or typing and you tell your (roommate, spouse, family member) that you just got to “the really good part.
  • You know you’re a writer when you doodle random poems on your piece of paper that was supposed to be class notes, work papers, etc.
  • You would rather talk to the voices in your head than the person sitting next to you.
  • Some of the letters on your keyboard are completely worn off.
  • Your/you’re and their/there/they’re errors send you into an apoplectic fit.
  • You get cranky if you don’t get to write.
  • You’ve ever said, “The voices are getting louder; I must go write.”
  • You wake up in the middle of the night and scrabble for the pen and paper you keep next to your bed to write down a scene to make the voices be quiet so you can get some sleep.
  • Getting the scene finished is more important than food, coffee, or the bathroom.
  • You purposely eavesdrop when out in public.
  • At parties, your method of making conversation is to discover people in the room with interesting occupations (preferably your hero’s or heroine’s) so you can conduct research.  (Bathroomstallnote: What writer goes to parties? I know I don’t.)
  • You can’t write because you’re mad at one of your characters.
  • You argue with said character.
  • You drive three hours to a city where you don’t know anyone, spend another three hours driving around the city, then drive three hours home and decide NOT to set your story there.
  • You start to laugh out loud in public, because you just came up with something your character might say
  • You know you’re a writer when after a friend says something “cool” you whip out your notebook, write it down only to look up and see them walking away from you, their face really really red!
  • The list “You know you’re a writer if…” makes you happy because it confirms that you have a writer’s nature.
  • Said list also relieves you because you realize that you’re not going insane and that other writers feel like you, too.
  • You secretly think that you won’t get any “real respect” for your work until you go crazy or die.
  • You are actively accused of trying to sabotage your own relationships in order to create honest conflict to write about.
  • You have stacks of notebooks that you refuse to throw away because “hey, there might be some epic idea in there that I’ll come upon later and write a book about…”
  • It takes all your restraint to not constantly correct grammar/spelling errors.
  • If you correct you grandparent’s birthday card with a red pen.
  • Whenever you’re at the bookstore or library, you automatically look for the spot where your books will one day be shelved. Or if you’re published, you to go where you know your books are shelved to see if anyone has checked them out/bought them, because you know how many were there last time.
  • Poorly written novels make you bipolar—elated knowing that you’re a better writer, and depressed because that hack got published and you can’t get past the acquisitions editor.
  • It takes you forever to send a text message on your cell phone because it has to be properly spelled and punctuated. “Chatspeak” is totally incomprehensible (not to mention totally annoying) to you.
  • When given an essay/paper assignment in school with a ten-page length requirement, the professor turns and looks at you and says, “That means ONLY ten pages!” Your response is, “Is eight-point font okay?”
  • You knew you’d never make it as a journalist when you realized you’d rather make up the story than chase down witnesses or experts for quotes and details.
  • You live in a constant state of “What if?”
  • You do everything you can think of to procrastinate from writing, then turn the light on in the middle of the night and furtively write a few hundred words because you feel guilty for not writing.
  • You don’t meet “new friends”; you meet “potential characters.”
By FanGirlEllie Posted in writing

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