10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer

You’ve wondered, right?

You’ve asked yourself this question many times and you’re reading this post to find out, “Am I a writer?”

Like a hypochondriac checking out WebMD over and over again, you scour articles and blog posts for the telltale signs and symptoms that you’ve got what it takes to declare yourself a writer.

I do, too. That’s why I came up with this list of 10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer.

After reading the list, click on the links to the other great blog posts and articles that relate to each of these ideas.

Please leave me a comment about which symptoms you come down with most often, or add some new ones of your own.

You Know You’re a Writer if…

10. You take really long showers because you’re working on a writing problem or your fictional characters are having conversations in your head and you’re eavesdropping on them. (I came up with the idea for this blog post while taking a shower this morning.)

9.  Your favorite hashtag on Twitter is #amwriting (<=== or these nine other hashtags).

8. Your friends and family ask you to “pick a movie already” when you’re on Netflix and you tell them, “I’m not picking a movie, I’m reading the synopses.”

7. You check Amazon.com synopses for books that are similar to the one you are writing right now (you also say “synopses” a lot).

6. You have a Pinterest board where you pin cool spaces for writing retreats.

5. When you’re out with friends, instead of engaging in conversation you narrate your life – “Paul sat on his bar stool nursing a half-finished beer. Conversations swirled around him, but he was lost in his thoughts. He should be home writing, but his friends insisted he come out with them to celebrate his latest book, All By Myself’.”

4. You constantly notice grammatical errors in other people’s writing but can’t seem to find them in your own.

3. You love words and could spend hours pouring through 500 billion of them or enjoy lexicography.

2. Your Evernote app, filing cabinet, desktop, etc. is overflowing with so many ideas, photos and articles for future stories and blog posts that it’s hard to find the one you’re looking for when you need it.

1. But the number one way to know you are a writer is – You declare yourself to be one and then sit in the chair and write!

There are a LOT of great 10 Ways to Know articles out there on the internet. My Google search turned up 1,650,000,000 hits in .039 seconds. That makes 16.5 billion things to know. That’s about 2.28 things to know for each person living on Earth today. Here are 10 of the 1.65 billion 10 Ways articles I took a look at for this post.

  1. 10 Ways to Know if You’re Confident – or Arrogant
  2. 10 Ways to Find Happiness
  3. 10 Ways to Know that You’re a Stoner
  4. 10 Ways to Know Very Quickly if your Man is a Psychopath
  5. 10 Ways to Develop Your Personal Style
  6. 10 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs
  7. Top 10 Ways to Annoy the Locals
  8. 10 Ways to Help Your Community in 30 Minutes or Less
  9. 10 Ways to Know You’re Having a Hot Flash
  10. 10 Ways to Be a Great Dad

356 thoughts on “10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer

  1. very good haha yes the long showers, I often be out walking with friend that is rambling on about nothing interesting and I am thinking of a next poem or a story I want to write, wishing I could rush home and cut the outing short, unless they are telling me something interesting then I’m making mental notes to write about it!


    • I worry sometimes that I won’t remember things when I have nothing to note them in, but I’ve found that the really good ideas stick around and the ones that don’t probably weren’t so good in the first place.


      • I love the note feature on my phone so I can just jot down a new poem phrase or ideas as I walk as I have a terrible short term memory, must be aging argh!


  2. Great post! Made me feel a little less weird (:
    Here are a few more that came to mind…
    11: You tend to stare into space, bite your bottom lip and procrastinate.
    12: You feel guilty for procrastinating even when you are not procrastinating.
    13: Book margins always seem too narrow for all your notes and comments.
    14: Reading a great book is hardly ever just exhilarating; the pang of jealousy tends to tag along.


  3. Number five had me laughing! As for number ten, I do that. Whenever I need to figure out something related to what I’m currently writing, I shower. (But I also shower when I had other problems, or feel sad, because water is my element.)


  4. How about the fact that you sit and write long-hand, suddenly becoming swallowed hours later by the work you are producing before your very eyes… Or, more simply, when your mind is constantly badgered by dark thoughts… and the voices that inhabit them…


    • I miss writing long-hand. I recently wrote a letter to my oldest son, an actual handwritten letter! It started, “You hold in your hand a rare document because it was written in pen. The thoughts are from my mind straight to my hand with no computer to let me erase or change what I am about to say.” It was liberating and challenging. I had to really think through what I was trying to communicate. Also, my hand hurt a lot after I was done!


  5. I follow the hashtag #amwriting, points 7,4,3,2,1… so therefore its proved that I am a writer. i am also many times ruminating on the ideas I have at odd times like meetings, cooking, walking, shopping..


  6. Everyone at home hates my long showers…but I also find that ideas pop into my head during mundane tasks like washing the dishes.


  7. Reblogged this on Rina and commented:
    When books are better than movies! When movies are either over or under done compared to the book!
    When classic 700 page books are exciting!
    Hoping to be a writer ☺
    #amwriting #backhome


  8. I can’t identify with all of these, but I am definitely reading tons of books similar to the one I’m writing (a memoir). I’m addicted to buying books (not the worst addiction to have.) I also could just call myself a writer because I’m writing a lot.

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  9. Reblogged this on Mindful Banter and commented:
    Why yes, I do actually read synopses before I start writing new stories. Which is why I’ve stopped writing until I find some ludicrous story idea.


  10. Points 10, 8, 4, 3 and 1 (of course!) for me. Point 8 made me laugh out loud. This one hits home! I like this post. Thanks for sharing.

    May I add point 11: Your bookshelf is stacked with Oxford, Webster, Collin and Macquarie dictionaries, thesaurus, writing books, gaf books, ideas books and inspirational books for writers.

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  11. 11. You keep jumping out of bed, sneaking into the bathroom where you can turn the light on and not disturb your husband…….so you can write down the writing idea keeping you awake…..& you can’t count on remembering in the morning!

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    • They always sneak up on me, too. I never get in the shower thinking, “Now I’m going to have some good ideas.” I’ll just be in there scrubbing and, suddenly, “Presto!” Good idea. Glad you do, too.


  12. Good post. My favorite part is the paragraph about the 10 Ways to Know data :)…….
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!


  13. Your #1 and 2. My Evernote is definitely packed with future writing ides…and I’ve declared myself to be. It’s all I think about on my spare time. Bravo on getting Freshly Prrssed.


    • Definitely! I’ve done the hotel thing, too. Once I kept putting off an assignment until I had to book a hotel room and lock myself in to get the job done. I felt like Hunter Thompson minus the hallucinations and guns.


  14. Reason 11: You often find yourself pacing in circles, possibly with the odd snack, contemplating your next writing move, similarly to taking a long shower. (Side note, people who see you assume you’re just OCD or have a nervous habit).

    Enjoyed this immensely 🙂 I don’t fit all of ’em, but I definitely relate to most like the shower thing and the full Evernote. Sweet post!

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    • Ha! Yes, I do this one, too. I occasionally talk into a recording device of some kind while doing it. Once I had Garage Band going in the kitchen while doing dishes and dictated a bunch of changes I needed to make to a scene. It was a lot of fun! (But hard to hear when I played it back because of the water running in the sink.)


      • Haha I hope it wasn’t a gold nugget idea lost to the water? I’ve had similar troubles like if I’m driving and record something with he windows down.I never know why I think “THIS time this is a good idea.” 😛

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  15. Yeah, this definitely describes me a lot. I do take long showers when I’m working on a problem, my favorite hashtag is #writing, I have narrated my life before, I do occasionally narrate my life, I do keep several documents on my USB drive full of story ideas, and I’ve always thought of myself as a writer. Thanks for confirming my suspicions.

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