Do you qualify as a writer? Read my list and find out (Ok, ok. You already know. Read it for giggles!). Ready? You might be a writer if…
10. You love to read.
You’re definitely a bibliophile. In fact, you love a good story – whether it’s written into a book, transformed into a movie, performed on stage, or simply told by a friend.
9. IDEAS grab you.
They hook you and pull you so deep into planning them that sometimes you even lose track of your surroundings. (You know, sights, sounds, conversations… little things.)
8. You know grammar.
In fact, a little thing like a comma error acts like a splinter under your skin. And seeing correct usage (especially one that isn’t common) is a reason to celebrate.
Speaking of which, I may or may not have thanked a stranger for putting the correct direct address comma in the final slide for a celtic Christmas concert…
7. You’re a bit of a logophile.
So you like words. There are worse things: you could be truly bibacious addicted to braggadocio – you could be an autothaumaturgist! But, no, you just enjoy playing with words. Especially two-dollar words. It’s a good thing! Really! (If it’s good enough for Disney…)
6. You get distracted by what people said – not what they meant.
You and I both know that it happens. Frequently. People say one thing and mean another (like when someone asks a question as a negative…), or there are 3-4 ways to take what they said. Most people don’t even notice, but as a downside of knowing grammar and playing with words, you do.
That said, the most recent one I’ve encountered is “extra medium.” What does that even mean? Think about it.
5. You think in plots and subplots.
An event happens, and your brain plays out a series of ways everything could move forward after that. If this complication happens, you (or whoever’s the main character) would react one way. If that complication happens, you would react another.
Then, something you totally didn’t anticipate happens, proving that life is far more random than our readers will tolerate.
4. Your inner monologue sounds like a book.
That little voice in your head (the narrator of your life) sounds like a novel. It uses imagery like similes and metaphors along with other literary devices. There’s dialogue. If you wrote it all down, you’d practically be able to sell it (if 1. your life was more interesting and 2. readers didn’t mind more random plots and tangents).
3. You’re constantly taking notes.
Literally and mentally. Phrasing, dialect, character behavior, situations, architecture, food – the world is full of inspiration, and you know it. There’s no way you’re missing out on a good story because you weren’t paying attention!
2. You see potential.
It’s a trait of creative thinking. It’s not that you don’t see the flaws or plot holes (can you do that and be a good writer?). No, you see ways to fix those flaws. You see ways to take those moments you noted (that inspiration) and transform it into something different.
You see possibilities.
1. You write.
Maybe, the rest of these points are true. Maybe, you have the soul of a writer. Maybe, you have a fabulous idea. Maybe, there is a great book locked inside of you.
Prove it. Be a writer. Write.