If you’re new to writing you might be thinking “hm, how do I know when I’m actually a writer?” I mean yes there’s the whole writing stuff malarky but there are also some other tell-tale signs you’re a writer that you should be on the lookout for.
1) Your search history is… interesting
Also potentially incriminating, but everything you Google is for writing purposes only. Unfortunately looking for details about how to treat a stab wound, or where Uranium is stored could put you on the radar of a national security agency or your local law enforcement. There’s also the ever-present danger of falling down a Wiki hole.
2) You have many, many notebooks
Even though you have ample digital devices in which to write and make notes, you still have many notebooks. There’s one by your bed, on your desk, in the loo – everywhere inspiration may strike. And then there are more piled up on shelves and in boxes. Every time you get a new one, you think you need it although secretly you know you’ll never use the really pretty ones.
3) You do your best writing when you’re not writing
At work, in the shower, folding laundry, driving, making a sandwich – you write the best, most profound pieces without even putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). It’s astounding what you can write in your mind. And then, when you sit down, ready to get your masterpiece in black and white – nothing. A bit fat empty space as your brain decides to take a holiday.Thanks a lot, brain.
4) Your daydreaming is more consistent than your writing
You’ve designed the cover for your book, written the blurb, chosen your nom-de-plume, and practiced your book-signing signature. For the movie adaption, you’ve tagged your ideal cast and got an acceptance speech ready for the adapted screenplay. But of course, first you must finish writing the actual book. Ah.
5) You can’t help but eavesdrop and people watch
It’s not intentional. You don’t mean to be nosy, you just can’t help it. And if you happen to make a mental note of what you see, or hear, and that happens to end up somewhere in a book then well that’s just serendipitous isn’t it?