Top 10 Signs That You Are A Writer!
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I am sure at some point in your writing life you have wondered or may have even been asked when it was that you realized you were born to be a writer. Some writers are able to answer this question instantly while others (like me) seem to draw a blank. For the longest time, I failed to see the telltale signs that I had it in me to become a writer. Most of the times, my response was something like this:
“A Writer? Me? Really?” until I realized, thanks to some really good blogging buddies who came to my rescue, that I am indeed a Writer!
If you are one of those who constantly finds themselves plagued by doubt, then this is a must read list for you!
- You Love Words
You love words, word games, anything and everything related to words. If you ever come across a word you do not recognize, then you NEED To find its meaning! Writers are wordsmiths just like you!
- You Love Books aka Reading
You cannot imagine a world without books. To you, the definition of fun is a reading challenge. Loaning a book to someone is really painful because the only thought in your head at the time is “What if they don’t return it?”
- You Love Adventure aka Travel
You love to travel, it is adventurous to you. Every opportunity to travel means an opportunity to write about it. Not only do you enjoy writing about your destination, you also love to write about every facet of your journey from the moment you packed your bags to the moment you got back home!
- You are A Born Observer
You observe everyone and everything around you. Your eyes are never in one place. You see so much when you watch snowfall, rain or the clouds descending onto earth and you don’t understand why others can’t see what you do.
- You did Rather Write it than Say it
Especially when there is something important that you need to say, you know you are better off writing it rather than trying to say it out loud.
- You Love all Kinds of Stationary
You have a stack of journals in almost all colors, you have pens and pencils in all models, shapes and sizes. Your writing desk is filled with post-its and notes with ideas scribbled onto it.
- You Create Stories about People You Meet
Every person you meet is a potential character in one of your stories. Your main intention of meeting new people is to create stories about them or give their characteristics to the lead in your next story/book.
- You can’t Stop Writing
Yes, you complain about writer’s block every time you hit a road block, yet the moment you start writing words flow like an inexorable torrent of water.
- You Listen aka Talk to Yourself
Your mind is constantly talking to you; your head is like a beehive of activity. If nothing, you are always talking to yourself trying to come up with a logical explanation for recent plot twist you introduced!
- You recognize good writing
Not only do you recognize good writing, you can’t stand bad writing and find yourself constantly correcting the spelling or grammar or sentence formation when you read something that is poorly written.
So, what do you think? Did you relate to any of the above (quite obvious) signs of being a writer? What else can you add to this list?
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I relate to every single one of these! Especially the first one about words! Thank you for this post, it has reaffirmed to me that perhaps I am a writer… I’ve been having doubts recently
I’m glad this post helped reaffirm your belief in yourself as a writer! 🙂
What a great post, I can relate to all of these so you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head.
Thank you, Miriam! Glad it rang a bell with you!
It definitely did!
I also have doubts that I’m a “writer” but after reading this it kinda lessened that. Thank you for this post. 😊
You are most welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.
Dr Meg Sorick
Yes! Great post! All true!
hands raised Yay! I’m a writer. I can’t seem to stop writing.
That’s awesome! 😀
Wow….I could totally relate to it 🙂
So glad you did 🙂
I related to this entire list!
amanda (Just in Queso)
I related to all of these, but especially the one about stationery! I have thing for to-do list pads, thank-you notes, journals, etc. And I don’t even end up using half the ones I buy! But they’re so pretty and have so much potential 🙂
Ohh wow….me too…! I just love stationery.
I love this! Just wonderful.
Thank you, Nico! 🙂
Some true, others not. As usual, I remain confused to my state 😛 😀
You don’t have to relate to all to be a writer, even one from the list is enough! 😉
Oh, it’s definitely more than 1. YAY! I’m a writer. Woohooo! 😀 😀
I never recognized these things in that way, but yes, you are right. They do point to the heart of a writer.
Absolutely! Thank you, Oneta 🙂
Lynz Real Cooking
It’s funny how we don’t think of being a writer, but it is true. I love the points!
Glad you enjoyed it, Lynz! Thank you 🙂
Lynz Real Cooking
Love the mug quote. Do you often use little incidents in your life as part of your fiction. How do friends react if they were involved?
I do use little incidents from my life and my friends/family too. Most times I change situations, names and locations of the events so my friends/family don’t really seem to mind/notice. If the incident I plan to write about is a sensitive issue then I ask for their permission before using the incident in a story.
This topic reminds me of a book I read recently called Crome Yellow written by Aldous Huxley in the 1930’s. He parodied his friend Ottoline Morrell, her husband and Bertrand Russell. Unfortunately, he wasn’t sensitive to their feelings as you would be. He compared her husband to a bowler hat.
Oh that’s a bummer. I haven’t read the book. I wonder how his friendship turned out after the book came out.
What now ?!
I am not a writer , and yet I related with every sign 😉
Then you are most definitely a writer my dear turtle. 🙂
Nice post. My love of writing comes from my love of reading. Great books inspired me to try to create.
As they say, great writers are always great readers! 🙂
Smiling. Be well.
I wrote a long response to this then deleted it…because all that mattered here is this: Good piece. Good encouragement. Thank you for creating it.
Thank you! Makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the piece 🙂
Great post! Everything you said resonated in me. The symptoms of being a writer, you’re the first one who convinced me that I am. Thank you!
I am so glad I did! Thank you for reading! 🙂