Signs You May Be A Writer (Part 2)

  • When I first started my blog, I wrote a post listing 10 signs that show you may be a writer.  That was a long time ago, back when publishing and the world of being an author was a relatively new and exciting adventure.  Now that I’ve been at it for nearly two years, I’ve noticed a few more signs that may show we’re writers.

So here, for 2016, is the sequel to “Signs You May Be A Writer”:

  1. You feel a sense of accomplishment when you find grammar errors in professionally published books.  Because you’ve edited your own story so many times, you know commas and pronouns like the back of your hand.
  2. You have a soundtrack full of favorite scores and songs that you write to so you can feel like you’re in the moment.  Because nothing says “I’m sailing the seas!!!!!” like the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean.
  3. Your characters have a mind of their own because they always take your outline and throw it in the trash.  Yeah, I’m looking at you, book characters.  You never do what the writer tells you to do.  Never!
  4. You could earn a Ph.D. from all the research you’ve done.  Who knew one book could make you an expert on astrophysics, neurobiology, networking, and the personality traits of a poodle?
  5. You frequently mix up past, present, and future tense.  The struggle was real.  Or it is real.  Or it will be real.  Ah!
  6. You get excited over office supplies.  Nothing says bliss like the smell of a crisp, fresh notebook right out of the wrapping.
  7. You never leave home without a notepad or note-taking device.  Because you never know when inspiration may strike, like when you’re in a bathroom or meeting your grandparents for lunch (both have happened to me, by the way.)
  8. You critique every.  single.  story  you come across.  You can’t help it.  You really just can’t.  You try to be nice and understanding, but it’s so obvious that plot line just screams predictability!
  9. You learn that writing happens at all days and times.  Holidays?  Weekends?  When you’re supposed to sleep?  Writing has no regards for personal enjoyment sometimes.
  10. You are inspired.  Who knew that old dish rag and toothbrush would give you the idea for the greatest story ever?

What are some signs you notice in writers?

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