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. I always correct other’s grammatical errors. I mostly catch my own though. It’s absolutely true I do take long showers because my characters are conversing in my head. Love it!

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  2. 3, 4, and 10 definitely. And I would like to add another to the list: You systematically analyze a book to determine if it is really worth your time by a) Checking the aforementioned synopsis, b) Reading detailed and scored reviews on a genre database, c) Examining both the outer and inner covers (if applicable) and d) Weighing the quality of the writing for the entire book on a 1st Sentence Impression.

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  3. I like #2…I’ve got so many notes and ideas scribbelled down on my computer, little scraps of paper, sticky notes. Not to mention all the daydreaming I do when I think of a good idea for another story!

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  4. i guss u r right but would like to add one more symtom to it its just while u thinking ur ideas ur imagination ur story everythings apears to ne at there right place but when u start writting it down choosing wrds which gave the same feeling as u felt always becomes dificult

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  5. Everytime you watch a movie, you are describing the scene in your mind. You imagine yourself writing the script and think of your own version of the story. You always say, “If I were the writer”. And you immediately consult the dictionary in terms unfamiliar to you, because you can’t sleep without knowing t’s meaning, then you make your own sentence using it. 🙂

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  6. #10 is totally me! It makes me wonder if I am supposed be a writer or see a doctor… Haha! I just want to entertain and tell a story in any way possible. I’m currently in school for Time Based Media and love it. Not exactly the same as writing but both involve an insane amount of creativity and patience. Filmmaking does require quite a bit of writing though haha. Thank you for this post!

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  7. When I had decided reading this article I thought I would end up matching maximum one.. But actually I ended up having 10, 4, 3, 2 and 1 on my sticky note..

    But wait I won’t be happy unless I have posted 10*4*3*2+1 new meaningful and self satisfactory posts to self assure being a writer 😉

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  8. Reblogged this on My Infinite Balance and commented:
    What an awesome read! I really resonate with number two – the reason why when I want to write but stuck on what I do a random draw from my Evernote list ha! And of course number ten – which is probably why I get the last shower of the night or there will be cold showers left for everyone else!

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  9. Number 4 is basically why I became interested in English in the first place! My head is always overflowing with things I could eventually write about and introductions into great stories, but I must admit that I don’t often narrate my life. My life is utterly boring and stressful and very hard to narrate!

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  10. I think another way to know that you’re a writer is if you continually seek our online forum roleplaying games where each post you make is nearly half a page long.

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      • No problem. Though, very often, I often question myself as a writer, whether I’m any good or not. Especially since I’ve had so many voices of dissension both internal and external. How can a writer deal with things like that? I know many say that you should toughen up but it’s still tricky to do. With that in mind I see why so many writers become alcoholics: to silence those voices of dissension in their heads.

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  13. What do you think? I have never considered myself one, more at times I have the knack to write well…that is why there is only one post on my page with real text, and I hate it!

    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.”

    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.”

    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.

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  14. haha! Or #11 – you write about writing! Can you see me nodding my head in agreement, and smiling, yes smiling because I just got out of the shower and raaannn to my desk so as not to forget any of my ‘shower brilliance.’ Great blog you have here and Congrats! I look forward to perusing. All the best. ~Karen~

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