There are trials and tribulations when it comes to being a writer. Between self-doubt and rejection, it can leave a person wondering ‘Am I really a writer?’. To put those doubts and fears to rest, I’ve created the Top Ten Signs that You’re a Writer.
- You constantly get new ideas for a book but you don’t write them down because “you’ll remember it”.
- You have a collection of journals and notebooks. You hoard them like they’re going out of style. Whether you use them is another issue entirely.
- You are picky about pens. You have a certain type that you like to use and you languish that no one else seems to care about the difference between Fine Point and Extra Fine like you do.
- You have drafts upon drafts of stories in various states of completion. Will you ever finish them? Only time will tell.
- You are a research master. Do you need to know a specific but highly obscure poison that only a 17th century historian would know? Give yourself five minutes and you’ll find the poison and calculate how fast it’ll take to kill your victim.
- You search engine looks like a murderers to do list. Various methods of body disposal, poisons that wouldn’t show up in a test, and how to remove fingerprints are just a few of the tabs that are opened right now.
- You narrate your surroundings. That guy on the bus? You’re creating an epic fantasy for him. The goth woman who’s got a pit-bull with her? She’s definitely a Persephone spending some time with mortals. That creepy looking kid in the back row who has a lifeless state and blood dripping from their hands? Actually, look away from that kid…there’s something not right there.
- You know your tropes. Bolivian Army Ending? You know how to apply that. Knight in Sour Armor. One of your favorite character types. Enemies to lovers? Ah, you know how to write that.
- Your friends and family members wonder when you’ll get a real job/don’t believe you when you tell them how hard it is to get published. No Aunt Sharon, I can’t submit my work to TIME. That’s not how it works.
- You know that you’re a writer because you WRITE! It doesn’t matter if you just picked up a pen now and wrote a series of sentences or if you’ve got a couple of books out on the shelf. Once you start writing, you are a writer. Congrats!