25 Unmistakable Signs that You’re a Writer

  1.  You watch Sex and the City and Castle so you can critique the characters’ writing habits.
  2. You collect words the way other people collect iTunes
  3. The characters in your stories seem more real than some ‘real’ people you know.
  4. Your dreams are fully realised stories, complete with characters, plot twists and themes.
  5. You see The Shining as a cautionary tale about writer’s block.
  6. Storytelling is so much part of who you are that when someone asks you who you are you reply, “A writer.” Even though they just want to know your name.
  7. When you’re asked to name your heroes they’re all writers. Maybe an editor or two.
  8. You wake up in the middle of the night to write down ideas.
  9. When you see something that catches your eye, hear a conversation you can’t help but record it for a future story.
  10. You can discuss Times New Roman vs Calibri with a passion most people reserve for football.
  11. You’re a pedant with Tourette’s: You can’t stop yourself from correcting other people’s grammar and spelling: You Know Your a Writer
  12. All your pockets have an indent from carrying a notebook and pen.
  13. You know nanowrimo isn’t a character in Star Trek.
  14. You’re always making up your own endings to existing tales. You know what happens to Harry Potter when he grows up, how Rhett Butler reconciles with Scarlett O’Hara, and how Holden Caulfield spent his later years.
  15. When you buy a new phone you make sure it has a voice recorder so you can note ideas when you’re driving.
  16. Sam Seaborn is your hero because his definition of writer goes beyond “people who can spell”:        
  17. You have long conversations with people about someone. It takes them an hour to realise the character you’re discussing is fictional.
  18. You treat books as sacred objects. You pat them when they fall on the floor and make sure they don’t get dusty… Just me, then? OK.
  19. You’d rather write than do almost anything else. Even on days when it’s killing you.
  20. You don’t know who’s in The Blacklist, Big Bang Theory or Doctor Who but you can list all the writers.
  21. You don’t write for fame or  (hysterical laughter) money. You write because an important part of yourself would cease to exist if you stopped.
  22. For you, writing exists in the present: I am a writer. Not: I want to be a writer.
  23. You’re not being rude when you seem to drift off in the middle of a conversation. You’re just figuring out a way to end your chapter.
  24. You never confuse writing with publishing. Even if you never sold a story you wouldn’t be able to stop crafting stories. Though publication would be nice.
  25. When people ask you how you are your reply involves characters, plot twists and word counts.



About Geri Schear

Geri Schear is an award-winning novelist, author of three Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice books published by MX Publishing. Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals. For further information, see her page at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Geri-Schear/e/B00ORWA3EU
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2 Responses to 25 Unmistakable Signs that You’re a Writer

  1. Jeyna Grace says:

    I like Adobe Garamond Pro the best.. LOL


  2. rycardus says:

    One of us… One of us…


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