You Might Be a Writer If…

I just came up with this for fun. What do you think? If you have anything to add, let me know!

1. You carry a pen and paper wherever you go.

2. You enjoy writing for fun.

3. Before you go to sleep at night, you plop yourself down into one of the settings of your stories.

4. You read. A lot.

5. You love to read right before bed.

6. You’ll jump out of bed in the middle of the night because an amazing story idea came to you and you have to write it down.

7. You observe strangers for character traits.

8. You’ve dreamed of writing a book since childhood.

9. English was always your favorite subject in school.

10. In school, you enjoyed the writing assignments that others complained about.

11. Every meal is accompanied by a book.

12. You love long flights and road trips. The longer the better, because it means more time to write.

13. Your characters wind up in your dreams.

14. As long as you’ve got paper and something to write with, you feel ready to take on the world!

11 Replies to “You Might Be a Writer If…”

  1. Why don’t you start a blog about art? I know you have a passion for it, and you could post pictures of your fashion designs on there and stuff. It would be really cool! 🙂

  2. Hi, Sarrah,

    I’ve seen a lot of people tackle this same subject — even do quizzes about it — but you captured it nicely. It made me smile.

    I, too, advise people about writing, and I’m glad to see that your No. 1 “condition” is that a writer must always carry pen and paper. I recently recommended that to someone, the same person I was trying to convince to switch from non-fiction to fiction. I even recommended the kind of pen, which I’ll pass along. It’s called a “rocket pen.” It writes on any angle and is about the size of your forefinger, only much thinner. Very easy to carry anywhere — without poking a hole in your pocket or leaving an ink stain.

    I don’t agree with everything, but how could I? You’re a writer, perhaps, if you don’t agree with ANYBODY! But the reference about jumping out of bed certainly hit home, as did many of the others.

    Nice job.

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  5. First of all I would like to say terrific blog!

    I had a quick question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear
    your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind
    in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just
    trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints?
    Thanks!

    • I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat and wondered how to begin as well! But I finally realized the best way to begin is… well, to begin. I know that doesn’t sound very helpful, but there’s just no getting around it. The longer you sit and THINK about writing, the less time you’ll actually spend writing. And beginnings are the most subject to change anyway. Whether it be a short story, an essay, or a novel, you’re able to change the beginning at any time, and you probably will. So don’t worry about it – just put your pen to paper and start writing!

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