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)August 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm

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

    Duncan WaldronAugust 1, 2015 at 3:22 pm

  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.

    CandaceAugust 1, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  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!

    CandaceAugust 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

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

    Guest (John Batson)August 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 4:11 pm

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

    Richard LaceyAugust 1, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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

    Guest (Ces)August 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 5:14 pm

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

    Guest (Sharon)August 1, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  12. You forget to space between words.

    Guest (Barb)August 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

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

    Guest (jackson stephens)August 1, 2015 at 8:37 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm

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

    Song EchoAugust 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

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

    Guest (Ardeana)August 1, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 10:21 pm

  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 WaxmanAugust 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm

  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 MooreAugust 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm

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

    Guest (Tina)August 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm

  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)August 1, 2015 at 11:30 pm

  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)August 2, 2015 at 1:27 am

  23. When I'm doing it.

    Joel HagemanAugust 2, 2015 at 1:45 am

  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 SandyAugust 2, 2015 at 2:44 am

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

    Cheryl MAugust 2, 2015 at 7:13 am

  26. You know you're a writer when

    a client asks you to do a second project.

    Guest (Barbara)August 2, 2015 at 11:43 am

  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)August 2, 2015 at 11:59 am

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

    Guest (JB Morris)August 2, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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

    Guest (Karen)August 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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

    Guest (george burton)August 2, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  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)August 2, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  32. When you are what you read.

    JuleyAugust 3, 2015 at 12:26 am

  33. When you are what you read.

    JuleyAugust 3, 2015 at 12:27 am

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

    Guest (Lance Hollaway)August 3, 2015 at 11:32 am

  35. your friends stop telling you old stories

    Guest (MinnieOkra)August 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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

    Greggory and AlenAugust 3, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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

    Guest (Brenda )August 5, 2015 at 11:29 pm

  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).

    StefanAugust 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm

  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 KingAugust 31, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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

    wycliffSeptember 1, 2015 at 1:15 am

  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!"

    no-more-excuses-DebSeptember 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  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.

    ShirleyCSeptember 2, 2015 at 11:24 am

  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 KnightSeptember 2, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  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 BaptisteSeptember 4, 2015 at 2:24 pm

  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)September 5, 2015 at 10:47 am

  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.

    RockyBalladSeptember 9, 2015 at 3:22 am

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

    NCMooreSeptember 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

  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)September 11, 2015 at 2:46 am

  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 CahowSeptember 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm

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