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April 29, 2014

You Know You’re a Writer When:


Y is for You Know You're a Writer When:

·         You get up in the middle of the night to write something that you don’t want to forget.

·         You nudge aside kids to buy notebooks and pens when it’s back-to-school season. And you horde them like drugs. Hey, notebooks and pens are like drugs to writers. Right? ;)

·         When someone asks you what you want for Christmas or your birthday, you tell them something reading or writing related.

·         You think about writing ALL the time! Even when you’re trying to take a break from writing.

·         You’ve woken up from a dream and thought, “That’ll make a great story!”

·         You see strangers in public who you imagine as characters.

·         You spot grammar mistakes in Facebook statuses/comments and have to refrain yourself from correcting the person who wrote it.

·         You notice lyrics to popular songs aren’t grammatically correct.

·         Almost everything you see could be included in your book.

·         Nearly everything you hear could be dialogue for your characters.

·         Other writers are the only people who understand you. (Holli’s contribution.)

·         You read books to take a break from writing and to inspire you to write again. (Stelios’ contribution.)

·         You publish a comment on a blog and are horrified to see a typo. (Lexa’s contribution.)

·         You take a walk and end up muttering/repeating dialogue, etc. that you don’t want to forget. (Sophie’s contribution.)

·         You’re reading this right now and nodding in agreement.


SHARE: If you thought of something to add, let me know and I’ll include it in the list! :D 



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63 comments:

Sarah Foster said...

Lol! These are great. I really do think about writing all the time. I was brainstorming/zoning out at work last night and people kept asking if I was all right. I just wanted to scream, "Can't I think in peace???!!"

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I can't remember the last time I wanted something for my birthday or Christmas that wasn't reading or writing-related. And those sales for school supplies? Let me at 'em! :)

Kelly Hashway said...

Yup, I'm a writer. ;)

Trisha said...

Oh yes, I can relate to pretty much every point in your list! I guess I'm a writer too. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can relate to about half. Guess I'm not a real writer. However, I do notice song lyrics, as most don't make sense, either.

Pat Hatt said...

The thinking I sure do, as well as the dreams at my zoo

Kyra Lennon said...

Yup! I've done pretty much all of those things!

David P. King said...

I'm guilty on all points, Chrys! :)

Chrys Fey said...

There's no doubt about that, Kelly. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Daydreaming/brainstorming/zoning out whatever you want to call it is one of my favorite things about writing. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I always want writing/reading-related things as gifts. And I don't always get them. haha

Chrys Fey said...

You definitely are a writer, Trisha! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, I still think that makes you a writer, Alex. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Then the animals at your zoo are writers too. :P

Chrys Fey said...

Hooray! :D

Chrys Fey said...

I had a feeling you would be, David. :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I never thought of taking advantage of back-to-school sales--brilliant! I would add, "you know you're a writer when…only other writers truly understand you".

Great post! We're almost there.

Lisa Thomson said...

Haha, perfect! I can't think of any more to add, Chrys :)

Stelios V. Perdios said...

You read books to both take break from writing and to inspire you to write again.

Crystal Collier said...

Yes! I used to walk down stationary aisle and salivate. Now it's rare you'll find me without a kindle or mobile device on hand to record my experiences, and impressions. Oh, and my handheld recorder. That's the true life of a writer, eh? Always being poised on the edge of your seat to chronicle bits of life.

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Unknown said...

So funny! In addition to these, I'm always writing comments on blogs, hitting "Publish," and then being horrified when I see a typo. Gah!

Chrys Fey said...

I live for back-to-school supplies!

So are you, Holli! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's a good one! I'll add it. Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

You're got that right, Crystal!

Chrys Fey said...

Oh, yes. I've done that too!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Perfect list. You made me smile as I read this.

Arpita said...

I agree with all the points and loved how cleverly you have put everything together ^_^

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Unknown said...

So true! I saw myself in each of those!

Carrie-Anne said...

I'm also embarrassed when I see a typo in a blog comment, and there's no way to edit it. I often delete Tweets and repost them when I notice I've had a typo, and edit Facebook comments or posts for the same reason.

I also have a nice notebook stash for my handwritten magnum opus, which should probably last until the story reaches at least 2005. (It's up to October 1998 now, and goes until 2050. The finale is mostly written, and on the computer.)

Stephanie Faris said...

These are all awesome! I've learned long ago to keep my mouth shut when I see a typo. People find it annoying when you point that out!

debi o'neille said...

You use your kids' soap crayons (while taking a bath) to jot down a like you don't want to forget.
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Unknown said...

AND your butt gets bigger from skipping all of your workouts to finish your novel and cater to all of your platform building! a.k.a. social media, reviews, blogging and much, much more!
I loved all of the things you listed, Chrys. When I am out and about, I am always finding people around me make good characters in my stories. The best is the gym. You find some real weirdoes and steamy guys there=) Ha!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad to make you smile, Susan. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Arpita! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

Me too, my friend. Blog comments need to be fixed with edit buttons!

A notebook stash is a great thing. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I know if someone pointed out a silly typo in one of my comments or even in a blog spot I'd be a little peeved. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

That's brilliant!

Chrys Fey said...

HAHA! That's hilarious! Our butts do tend to get bigger. :P

I find good characters in Wal-Mart. ;)

Sophie Duncan said...

Oh yeah I sat there nodding - especially the stuff about typos and grammar mistakes ;P

Another one would be: you walk down the road muttering dialogue to yourself.

The number of times folks have looked at me strangely thanks to something that is coming out of my mouth. Thankfully, no one has ever called the police! ;P

Loni Townsend said...

*nodding* So true, especially: "Hey, notebooks and pens are like drugs to writers. Right?"

Chrys Fey said...

I have definitely done that walking and muttering/repeating something I don't want to forget!

LOL!! :P

Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you liked that part, Loni. ;)

Colleen said...

hahaha! Yes, I'm stingy with books and pens with my kids. :) Love it. I guess I must be a writer.

Slamdunk said...

Great list. Oh, I definitely see myself people watching and looking for worthy character attributes. It is rarely difficult to find them.

Silvia Writes said...

I've done many things on that list, but the one that made me smile was the blog posting item (horrified at the typo left on a comment on a blog). Horrified, indeed. :)
Silvia @
SilviaWrites

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Hey, my contribution is up there! Is it silly that this makes me ridiculously happy? I contributed to your blog! :)

Tea said...

I luv the black background on your blog. I'll have to try it one day. I liked reading your writers list. I did nod my head a few times. I do like paper and pens.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm absolutely nodding in agreement. :)

OEBooks said...

Ditto. Me too, nodding in agreement. What a refreshing list!!

Fe said...

Oh my Word. I can relate to quite a number of them. I chuckled all my way through. My dreams often find their way into my writing...

:)

Chrys Fey said...

Of course you are, Colleen! ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Oh no, it;'s not difficult. Characters are walking around everywhere. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

I've been horrified by typos in my comments all the time. That's why I try to read them a couple of times before I click "publish".

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! You're the first person to say they like it. I wanted to do something different for my blog. :D

Chrys Fey said...

YES! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

My dreams find their way into my writing too. They are the reason why my list of story ideas keeps getting longer. haha

Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Oh yes, I was so nodding along :). I had a dream one night where in the dream I was convinced I was creating the perfect story - it was bound to be a best seller, then I woke up and realised quite how lame the idea was - LOL
Tasha
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Chrys Fey said...

LOL! That's hilarious! Even in our dreams we are writing and hoping to have a best seller. ;)

Alexa Mintah said...

Lol, this is the most perfect post for writers ever! I relate to every thing on this list.


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Chrys Fey said...

I'm glad you think so, Alexa. :)