Thursday, 19 April 2012

You Know You're A Writer When...

1. You have the ability to carry on a conversation while secretly day dreaming about your characters.

2. When you're alone, you sometimes have arguments with your characters when they insist on the plot going the WRONG way.

3. When you see a gorgeous dress in a magazine, you picture your MC wearing it for her BIG DATE.

nothing says YA like a make over
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4. You talk about your characters like they're real people.

5. You choose writing instead of sleeping—every time.

6. Just for kicks, you search Google for your title, to see if anyone else has a book by that name.

7. When you see a guy at your local coffee shop who looks exactly like your novel's heart-throb, it totally freaks you out.

Who needs windows?
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8. You dream about owning a huge library with one of those sliding ladders.

9. You obsess over commas for long periods of time. You also like to make terrible puns.

10. You find typos in everything you read.

Do any of these sound familiar? What are your writer quirks?

Next Monday I'll be blogging the latest episode of Once Upon A Time.



Ashley Turcotte said...

Love this list! I must be a writer, because pretty much all of them apply! :)

How about you know you're a writer when you find yourself narrating your own life.

Anonymous said...

11. You argue with your TV for how transparent the series/movie/game show is.

BTW, thank you for that HOT picture. For me there's only my Mrs. but if I were a single man, that bookcase would be MINE.

BR Myers said...

I think that means your a screen writer. Good luck with that.

Thanks, Ashley.

BR Myers said...


Yes, I too talk back to the characters in the show and huff at the lameness of the plot. This is particularly embarrassing for my husband when we're at the movies. Hmm...which he hasn't taken me to since like, last year. *scratches head*

Ryann Kerekes said...

OMG! YES! I do ALL of these. You've nailed it, Bethany. Esp # 6 and 7.

BR Myers said...

Glad I'm not the only one. Thanks, Ryann.

Melinda Chapman said...

Hilarious! I struggle to think of any others because you've indeed nailed them.
How about screaming, "That character would never say/do that!" about half-way through the second season of a tv show.

And what writer doesn't have a close friend or loved one who knows 'the look' - the look in your eyes when you're not truly listening as you nod and go, "Mmmmm." You're off creating worlds from the tiny spark of something they said. :)

BR Myers said...

Yes! Ha ha. Thank you, Melinda.

I totally steal stuff from friends/co-workers every day. Seriously, I don't know how some writers can live in a isolated log cabin in the woods.

Melinda Chapman said...

Agreed! Unless it's haunted, or home to a world-saving talisman, or harbouring a military launch pad for a rocket underground. :)

BR Myers said...

Very true, Melinda. Or if Stephen King lives around the corner.

Unknown said...

You go for long walks and dialogue your character's conversations out loud. ^_^

Just followed your blog, BTW. Took me long enough!

BR Myers said...

Yes! Me, too!

Welcome to the club, Angelina.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha! Bethany, I'm laughing because of #6; It's how I came across your blog! The title "Confessions of an Unpublished Writer" popped in my head, so I decided to Google it -- and came across your site. Then, I read #6. HILARIOUS!

BTW, I don't just talk about my characters like they're real people (I'm the creator of a cartoon about the writing life, in my mind, my character ARE real people. I know exactly what they would say and wouldn't say, you know?

Great post! It made me want to write a comment, which is always a sign that a blog post is good.

BR Myers said...

Wayne! My new best friend. Thanks for the blog love and thank heavens for Google.

Good luck with your writing!

Veronica Bartles said...

Love it!

I must be a writer, because every single one of these applies to me. #4 especially. I talk about my characters as if they're real people so often that now even my friends/family are doing it. "Oh, Veronica! Jarod would love this song!" "Wouldn't Alaina love to do this with us?" "Ugh! You sound just like Kendra!" Maybe we all just slip into that fictional world too easily :)

Anonymous said...

I'm constantly mentally correcting people's grammar (in speech and writing), and I'm always thinking of great titles for books and movies.

Lydia Kang said...

Have you been spying on me?

Mary Vettel said...

Once again, you are spot on in your observations. I don't obsess over comma usage, though, too busy trying to get my characters to stop goofing around and get back to work.

S A Healey said...

Awesome blog, and I can so relate to all of those points!

I don't know if this means I'm a writer or just a nut, but here goes:

You know you're a writer when you defend your book's hero to your husband who is jealous because you spend entirely too much time talking about him :)

BR Myers said...


Yes, you are a writer. Welcome to the club. Your t-shirt is in the mail.

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