The good, the bad and the crazy…
I have always known that I am a writer. I think it’s something I was just born to be. I love reading. I love stories. Really, a life without stories, is more than I could bear to think about. It would be the ultimate torture. In fact, when I am struggling to write, it feels a lot like I can’t breathe; as if a part of me is crying, and I don’t know how to help it.
That’s the thing with writing. The stories inside you are desperate to get out, and the struggle is being able to actually get them out.
In thinking about writing, I thought I’d try to compile a list of reasons how you would know if you’re a writer.
1. You study people and things, constantly looking for inspiration and ideas.
Everything has a story, and you feel that it is down to you to discover it.
2. You always carry a notebook.
Whether paper, or digital, you need something with you to write down those little sparks of inspiration, before they flit away from you.
3. You have a notebook hoard.
This is a guaranteed sign of a writer. I’m serious. Dragons have nothing on writers when it comes to hoarding… Some of these may be filled, but others may only have half a page filled. You love them, either way.
4. You’re always reading.
This is the key to becoming a better writer. You have to read. There is no other option here. Read. Read a lot. Read everything and anything you can. Even if the story is bad, you may add to your vocabulary. There’s always a silver lining.
5. You keep a running list of characters, settings and situations.
Friends, enemies, natural disasters. They all go down. Your house, your school, the local park. These are all perfect story fodder, and you’re constantly adding to them as the ideas strike.
6. Your idea of a good night involves pyjamas, a blanket, snacks and your laptop/notebook.
Seriously, what else could anyone need? Am I right?! That draft won’t write itself, so a night spent like this, writing dangerously, is the perfect option for any writer.
7. You live in constant fear of your inner critic.
Mine is named Muriel. I wrote about her in this post. She is mean and nasty and loves to make me put myself down. She hates it when I’m doing well and writing easily. She loves to put doubts in my mind, and will, if I let her, stop me writing altogether.
8. You can detect spelling and grammatical errors like a cat can find the only person in the room that is scared of them.
Seriously, does the term ‘grammar nazi’ mean anything to you? And pfft! Who needs spellcheck?!
9. You spend half your time in a dreamworld.
Yep, you’re quite happy to spend hours at a time with your own imagination, working out plot holes and ways to make your stories just that little bit better- that’s if you aren’t just stuck in an entirely new story altogether.
10. You are happiest when you’re writing.
Writing is my happy place. It is my refuge. When I am happy, or sad, it is the first thing that I turn to. It is the first thing I think of when I wake up, and no matter how bad I may feel when I start writing, I always feel better by the time that I’m done.
So, there it is. My ten ways of knowing that I’m a writer. Can you think of any others? Drop them in the comments. I’d love to read them. 🙂