Sign #1: Dream Writer
Have you ever fantasized about writing? Or have you just fantasized more than you think is normal? If you have a tendency to drift off to fantasy land you may be a writer. One of the traits of a great story teller is the ability to fantasize vividly. Many writers can do this at will and some can do it while keeping up with a conversation.
Sign #2: A Childhood Passion
Did you enjoy writing when you were young? If you enjoyed writing when you were a child, it could be a sign that you were meant to write. Children know what they like and tend to know what they will do with their life even if they cannot express it.
Take the child who is always concerned with the well being of others becoming a doctor or nurse, or the child who loved to sing being active in the church choir all her life. There are numerous examples.
Sign #3: A Born Screenwriter
Have you got a knack for figuring out Movie Plots? Writers think differently from others. While those around you are getting cheap thrills and are completely surprised by thriller movies, the natural writer is 10 scenes ahead in figuring out who the killer is or how the mystery is solved.
Many writers were surprised that the people in the theater around them watching The Sixth Sense did not know Bruce Willis was dead until the very end. To us, it was obvious around the midway point because there was no other way for the story to play out. Everyone loves a good story.
Sign #4: Reading Is (Forever) A Hobby
Do you absolutely love to read? Writers read. It is just a fact of life for us. That is not to say that everyone who reads can write, but the writer is drawn to books like ants to a picnic. If you love to write and were always an avid reader, well… need I say more?
Sign #5: No Glory? No Problem
Have you ever considered living like a pauper, and still want to write? Have you ever considered the prospect that if you committed yourself to writing full time, you might live in poverty and yet, you still want to write? If the writing is more appealing to you than living poorly is unappealing, you have the bug. Do you have the talent?
Sign #6: Can’t Stop Writing
Do you have more than a couple of notebooks filled with writing from cover to cover? When writers first start out, they write anywhere and everywhere. As children, we write on walls, then in journals, books and notebooks. Later, we find ourselves scribbling ideas on cocktail napkins and the backs of envelopes when nothing else is handy.
Anyone who has jumped out of bed after a dream and frantically searched in the dark for something to write with, and on, will know what I mean.
Sign #7: The Day Dreamer
Have you ever found yourself lost in thought? Have you ever found yourself totally immersed in your own thoughts when you should be focusing on something else and those thoughts are plots, poems or lyrics?
If you get an idea for a story stuck in your head and keep going back to it, even at inopportune moments, it is like a drive in you that forces you to follow through with an idea. This is a really good sign that you have a writer under the surface.
Sign #8:”Tell Us A Story”
Do children prefer you tell them a story of your own making rather than from a book? Kids can spot a writer a mile away. The very first time you tell a story, you may as well hang a storyteller sign that only children can read, around your neck.
Sign #9: What’s That Word?
When you come across a word you do not recognize, Do You NEED To find Its meaning? Writers are wordsmiths. We love to come across words we do not understand and more often than not, we can fathom the meaning by simply reading it in a sentence or formulating the point of the paragraph.
Still, we have to know for sure. We had several dictionaries and a thesaurus or two lying around the house. Does this sound like you?
Sign #10: Board Games Are Fun!
Do you find words more fun than a barrel full of board games? When it comes to playing games, most people like cards, monopoly, or other board games that move quickly or involve very little brain power. For them, fun means cycling down the mind and operating on autopilot.
Writers are drawn to crosswords, scrabble and Trivia. What kind of games do you enjoy?
Sign #11: Long-Term Part Time Job
Do you write when you get the chance despite a hectic lifestyle or a tiring career? A natural born writer cannot help themselves. If they are not writing, they are thinking about writing. If they work 16 hours a day, they sleep six, write for one, and are driving back and forth the rest of the time.
When you are not writing, do you find yourself wishing you were? Do you make the time? If so, you are more than likely a writer at heart.
Sign #12: It’s 5 Already?
When you write, and this is real important, do you lose track of time? If you have ever found yourself sitting in front of your word processor at 3:30am when you meant to quit writing at midnight, you have skimmed the surface of the writer’s zone.
This is a magical world that somehow speeds up natural time. You begin to write and the next thing you know, you have eight thousand words and it is almost dawn. It is a wonderful and creative place that you long to revisit. If this is you, please think about showing your work to a publisher.
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