2016/06/09

10 Signs You're a Writer at Heart


Do you sit back and think to yourself, if I wrote a book would it be any good?  It's a question most writer's ask themselves at some point in time.

Some people are more tuned into words than numbers, finding spelling and grammar comes more easily to them than sums.  I count myself as one of those people, maths was never my strong point.   Below are 10 signs you're a writer:

1. You people watch and listen into other peoples conversations

This probably sounds a lot like stalking, but all it really amounts to is observing people around you.  You take notes about the way they're dressed, they way they walk, how they hold themselves.  While you're sitting having a coffee your ears prick up and hone into conversations going on around you.  All of these things can build up a picture in your mind.  This can be just enough to spark a story idea.

2. You Stockpile Words

You love reading books, magazines, any sentence that makes sense, you make a note of it.  To you this makes perfect sense.  You have notebooks full of sentences and phrases you want to use at a later for a story.

3. You Buy a Journal Every Year

Ever since you learnt how to write you've always felt it important to record your feelings and life on paper.  Even if your day wasn't that exciting you felt the need to get your thoughts out there.

4. To You, words on paper are therapeutic

For you writing is part of a healing process or remedy you use when you're feeling depressed or down.  You start pacing the floor if you haven't written anything for days.

5. Reading is your passion 

You get told by friends and family for always burying your face in a book.  You take a book every where you go.  When you move you have boxes filled with books because you can't bear to part with them.

6. Your mind is full of adventures

You were always caught daydreaming in class.  Stories of pirates, knights and wizards were always in your head when you made up new worlds for them to inhabit.  No task is mundane, even washing the dishes, because you're always creating new stories.

7. Life experience is a potential goldmine for you

Every experience you have is something worth writing about.  Whether its being caught in a thunderstorm on the way home from work or being stuck in traffic for half an hour, these experiences are added to your journal.

8. You believe you're a better writer than the next guy

Inside you know that you're a better writer, especially when you read someone else's work.  You usually start out imitating his style, but not for long because you find your own voice and you get better at your own craft.

9.Your thoughts come from nowhere and you launch into a writing frenzy

Writer's block doesn't happen to you that often, but within minutes you put pen to and start scribbling away.  The half a page you planned on writing quickly becomes three pages.

10. You know a well constructed sentence when you see one

In your mind you always think your writing isn't good enough, but in reality you know good writing when you see it.  Your appreciation for well constructed work shows you have good taste.  A well formed sentence is like a glass of fine red wine.

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  1. Nice thoughts! I buy a journal every year, and now I know I'm not alone.

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  2. For the days I question whether or not I'm a writer, this will help. Thank you.

    @_JakeShirley

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