You Know You’re a Writer When …

Alan Steacy: “You deposit that first check!” …

John Wood: “You don’t crumble from rejection, you learn from it” …

Joe Browder: “You’re talking about characters in your work as if they’re real people” …

Robert Bly: “Your neighbors don’t understand what you do or why you are home all day” …

James Burchill: “You begin editing signs in public elevators because you can’t stand the ‘management-esque’ use of passive language!!” …

Those are just some of the fun comments I received when I updated my Facebook status to read, “You know you’re a writer when …”

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49 Responses to “You Know You’re a Writer When ...”
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  1. You know your a writer when you dream about writing in your sleep.
    you base characters no people you meet.
    you dream about your characters having a conversation.
    When you always have a piece of paper to write ideas for a short story or a novel on.
    when you let your characters develop their own personality's when you have a conversion with your characters.

    Guest (Adonlee)

  2. ... when it becomes important to say exactly what you mean - nothing more, nothing less - with no room for misinterpretation.

    Duncan Waldron

  3. You know you're a writer when...writing is a form a relaxation.

    You know you're a writer write for pleasure.

    You know you're a writer when...people routinely compliment you on your gift for words.

    You know you're a writer when...your writing generates great results for others.


  4. You know you're a writer can't remember a day since childhood when you haven't written something every day.

    You know you're a writer when...your heart leaps with excitement at reading "Can you write a letter like this one?"

    You know you're a writer can't imagine being anything else but that!


  5. There is no quibbling about the price you charge for your WRITING!

    Guest (John Batson)

  6. You know you are a writer, when you wake up each day and that is what you think about. What are you going to write. What needs to be finished. What research must you find and explore.

    Guest (Pepper Simonds)

  7. I ask my cats for editorial advice -- and take it!

    Richard Lacey

  8. You know that you are a writer when, your eyes are very heavy, ready for sleep and slumber, but, your mind is still going and before you know it, you are writing another chapter in a sense of sleep walking.
    The pen keeps moving but your eyes are sleeping.

    Guest (Chanda Clark)

  9. ....when you always keep a pen and notebook handy to record sudden, unplanned moments of enlightenment and inspiration.

    Guest (Ces)

  10. You know you're a copywriter when you sit on the beach with your laptop typing away...and breathe a sigh of relief about your bills!

    Guest (CarolynNR)

  11. you find yourself creating a better story in your head while someone is telling you about a recent event.

    Guest (Sharon)

  12. You forget to space between words.

    Guest (Barb)

  13. ' oh wow ! I just wwrote about that subject in my book I've been writing.''

    Guest (jackson stephens)

  14. You know you're a writer when your spiritual side takes over and you feel and see things you never experienced in the physical mode. The freedom and depth of perception gives flight to your thoughts. Some call it out of body experience!

    Guest (Judith Sladden)

  15. You know you're a writer when you see us together chasing the moonlight.

    Song Echo

  16. you can't jot down fast enough, the ideas or thoughts in your head.

    Guest (Ardeana)

  17. ...when the sounds of entering words makes you want to boogey in your chair like the beatbox makes some people want to boogey on the dance floor...and it is only 9 o'clock in the morning!

    Guest (AZSalsman)

  18. pay with a credit card at the cashier, and re-write your signature again and again and again until it says exactly what you want it to say.

    Jerry Waxman

  19. You know you're a writer when, you wake up in the morning and realize it wasn't a dream that you really are a writer!

    Gemma Moore

  20. You cannot stop feeling sorry for the main character.

    Guest (Tina)

  21. You know you're a writer when you correct everyone around you, the thesaurus is your best friend, and you are just grateful that you spell "the" right in your book. You nearly jump through a ceiling when someone retweets your book or actually care to find you on facebook.

    Guest (Shondra Harris Jr)

  22. You know you can be a successful writer when being stressed from the day, you can make "light"of it humorously on Facebook!

    Guest (Stuart lee)

  23. When I'm doing it.

    Joel Hageman

  24. You know you're a writer . . .

    When you start pacing about the room and can't settle down again until you've got that something written.

    When it's what you'd rather be doing.

    When you see how something else has been written.

    Leo Sandy

  25. You're actually happy it's Monday!

    Cheryl M

  26. You know you're a writer when

    a client asks you to do a second project.

    Guest (Barbara)

  27. The way Heinlein put it, "Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards."

    For my own part, I came conclusively to the judgement that I'm a writer when I found myself incapable of reading ANYTHING without critiquing, mentally editing and even re-writing in my own mind that which the originator had put on the page.

    Guest (Tucci)

  28. You wonder how you can continue to write on vacation.

    Guest (JB Morris)

  29. you want to offer to correct the language in an ad, because it's just wrong.

    Guest (Karen)

  30. when you have a story that will enhance most any assignment.

    Guest (george burton)

  31. you can't even read for pleasure without noticing the mistakes in the text. Don't these writers even use proof readers anymore?

    Guest (Ray Moon)

  32. When you are what you read.


  33. When you are what you read.


  34. When you get emotional about characters that don't exist!

    Guest (Lance Hollaway)

  35. your friends stop telling you old stories

    Guest (MinnieOkra)

  36. When you see "Text by..." and then your name!

    Greggory and Alen

  37. You know you are a writer When you see a story in your everyday experience.

    Guest (Brenda )

  38. You find yourself correcting Google's poor Spanish to English translation and your native Spanish speaking friend says you're right (even though you've only been in Mexico 6 weeks with a rudimentary knowledge of the Spanish language).


  39. ...when you are bothered by grammatical errors (spoken and written).

    ...when former co-workers have one question after another about "what did you say you do again?"

    Nora King

  40. You are writer when can starve your family just to pay for writing program;for example"Awai accelerated program for six figure copywriting


  41. ...when you are maniacally PASSIONATE about your copy infusing the exact mood and emotions you seek to convey, that you work and rework the words until they "sing!"


  42. You know you're a writer when you see something and you begin a story in your mind and you scramble to dig your notebook out of your purse to write it down before you forget.
    Or, you have a notebook by your bed to write down your dreams.


  43. I really liked John's answer but if I have to say myself then: You know you're a writer pull over to the side of the road and type your idea into the Evernote application on your phone before you forget it.

    Sandra Knight

  44. I knew I was a writer when I likened the feeling to falling in love. All you can think about is what next you need to learn or do to get your copywriting career going? And when you stay away for a while due to life's ups and downs, all you think about is getting back to your love....because you miss them so much!

    Regine Baptiste

  45. You know you are a writer when even when you haven't written for a while you think about it and still desire to do it!

    Guest (Catkins53)

  46. You know you're a writer when you constantly find yourself trying to scrub the ink stains off of your fingers.
    You know you're a writer when in mid-sentence you stop what you are saying to a friend and pull out a small note pad and pencil and jot something down for a later reminder.


  47. You know your a writer when you can't wait to get started on the next article or letter :~D


  48. Over time my writing has helped develope my ability to express myself verbally in a clear and concise manner. Could I indeed be a writer?

    Guest (William)

  49. You know you are a writer when, out of desperation for some sleep, you sit up in bed and yell at the characters in the scene you've been going back and forth with to, "Knock it off and go to bed, already!"

    Brenda Cahow

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