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You Know You're a Writer When...

I've compiled these comments from various sources, including my own head. Are you a writer? How many of these do you do? Can you add to the list?

You know you're a writer when...
  • An idea strikes you while driving on the Los Angeles 405 freeway and you traverse 4 lanes of traffic to get to the side of the road to write it down so you don't lose it.

  • You spend more time with your characters than your family and friends.

  • You'd RATHER spend more time with your characters than your family and friends.

  • You have relationships with fellow writers you've met over the internet than you do with flesh and blood friends who've been around you for years.

  • You stop talking about writing subjects with non-writers because their level of misunderstanding and underestimation is painful to you.

  • You've given over an entire wall of your bedroom four your latest WIP storyboard.

  • When in public, you listen more to everyone around you than the person you're with.

  • You have a momentary reality lapse and mention your characters’ situation as a prayer request in Sunday school.

  • You find yourself punishing your characters for bad behavior -- "Well, if you're going to act like that, I'll go clean the bathroom. You won't get that love scene today."

  • You analyze the look, dress, mannerisms and speech of everyone you come in contact with.

  • When talking with others, you mentally edit their dialogue and compose tags and beats.

  • While observing, you constantly shake your head and mutter to yourself, "Truth is stranger than fiction. I could never get away with writing that in my book."

  • When you're "in the zone" you forget to pick up your kids from school/practice/friend's house.

  • A stint of not writing makes you harder to live with than the worst bout of PMS.

  • Your characters start altering your plans and changing your destinations in real life.

  • You start a fight with your husband just so you can study the body language of anger.

  • You know the research librarian’s office, cell, and home phone numbers but can’t remember your own.

What are some other signs that you're a writer?

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Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

While observing, you constantly shake your head and mutter to yourself, "Truth is stranger than fiction. I could never get away with writing that in my book."

LOL - I do this all the time.

How about "You happily forego food for a good cup of coffee because when you're hungry, you're alert and you can write more."

7:39 AM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

LOL, that's a good one, B.E.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

I love these, J. Don't have any of my own to add, but I love them. So very true.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Hands down this one is me
"A stint of not writing makes you harder to live with than the worst bout of PMS."

Hi, Joan.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Joan Swan said...

Hey, Mel. Thanks for chiming in!

8:15 PM  
Blogger MaryF said...

These are GREAT!!!!

6:29 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

ROFL! I do this stuff all the time! DH just laughs at me. Anyone talking loud enough at the Borders cafe has to deal with the fact that I WILL eavesdrop, LOL!

2:24 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Yes, not writing makes me harder to live with than the worst bout of PMS! And looking forward to a busy schedule and knowing I'll need the fortitude of Job to get *any* writing done at all, means I'm PMSing all the time. :(

6:50 PM  

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