13 Warning Signs You’re A Writer

We all think we’re writers, but are we really sure? How can we know?

Beside the constant scribbling and the dubious interest in atypical murder weapons, here’s a top 13 of the most serious warning signs that you’re a writer.

 

 

– 13 –

Pacing isn’t a nervous habit but a necessity

– 12 –

You can’t use your best hook to defend yourself

– 11 –

Romance means keeping two people apart for at least ten chapters

 

 

– 10 –

You edit and rephrase your interior monologues

– 9 –

Your favorite hero is the guy you try to make miserable

– 8 –

You listen to music planning out the soundtrack for the movie deal

– 7 –

Compliments about your style don’t address your clothing

 

– 6 –

You only get out of the house to conduct research

– 5 –

You interrupt an argument to take notes

– 4 –

You critique your own life based on the quality of the storyline

– 3 –

You feel handicapped without a pen in the pocket

– 2 –

Your everyday chores have background narration

aaaaand…

– 1 –

When another writer dies, you see tragedy in the unfinished manuscript 

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This blog post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, April 2012

23 Replies to “13 Warning Signs You’re A Writer”

  1. Wow, pictures! Was there any particular process you used to create them?

    Replace “pen” in Rule 3 with “pencil”, and I’m all set. Number 13 also edges toward applying toward me.

    And of course, for Number One, you’re always wishing the author left behind notes.

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  2. Awesome, awesome post! So what percentage of symptoms present signify irreversible writer-hood? Cause I’m pretty much at 90% 😀 Any hope of a cure?

    Hahaha… “You edit and rephrase your interior monologues”… I’ve caught myself doing that more and more 😀

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  3. You are quite the talented stick figure artist! #10 and #2 are especially poignant for me. You should hear the interior monologue when I’m cooking. I’m like freakin’ Julia Child!

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  4. Thanks guys! 😀 I’m thrilled you’re all checking point after point on that list, each of you further gone than the other. We’re all in good company here. Now someone hand me that paper-clip, my straitjacket’s too tight.

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  5. LOL! Okay… I admit it. I’m all about #8. I’ve actually wondered how hard it will be to get the rights to the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil.” I play it in my head whenever one of my characters (Templeton) shows up on the scene.

    And sadly, I’ve been guilty of #2 since I could walk. Maybe sooner. 😉

    Thanks for the laugh at the end of a very busy day, Vero! You so rule.

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  6. LOVE this. Thank You T hank You Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You.

    Yes, I know that is highly annoying but I really can’t say it enough. I’ve been struggling with my manuscript because I’m bored with a particular scene and have been reviewing books for an organization that only seems to attract would-be hacks who couldn’t write themselves out of a notebook. So, of course I do the atypical “The world surely must end! I have lost my inspiration! I’m no longer a TRUE writer!!!” act and have been moping for the better part of a week.

    Then I saw one of your blog posts on Twitter and BAM! I feel alive again! All I needed was to know that not all writers are complete morons with superiority complexes! That some of us have a sense of humor and a wry wit worth reading.

    THANK YOU for simply being you!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for the kind words, Aubrey! o.O

      I’m so happy this post could help you get out of a funk and back to feeling confident, and assertive! Keep your head up and keep writing, always keep writing, and if anyone tries to make you feel less than you are — screw them, and write nonetheless. Write even better, show them they’re not the boss of you. 🙂

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