Monday, March 12, 2018

12 Glaring Signs You're a Writer at Heart


Blog post updated 05/07/2019.

Do you sit back and think to yourself, if I wrote a book would it be any good?

It's a question most burgeoning writer's ask.

For many people words are easier to understand than numbers, I count myself as one of those people, math's was never my strong point.

Do any of these signs seem familiar to you?

Here are the 12 Glaring Signs You're a Writer at Heart.

1. Do You People Watch and Listen in to Other People's Conversations?

This probably sounds a lot like stalking, but all it really amounts to is observing the world  and people around you.  You can take notes about the way people dress, walk, and they generally carry themselves.  While you're sitting having a leisurely coffee your ears tune into the 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. Do You Stockpile Words?

If you love reading books, magazines, and just love reading anything and everything, taking notes makes perfect sense.  Another great way to find ideas for articles and stories is to start collecting and making notes in notebooks, on pieces of paper.  Things you can look at when the idea fountain has run dry.

3. Do You Buy a Journal Every Year?

Writing your feelings down on paper, is often a lot easier than telling friends and family.  It can also show where you been, and where you're going, on the journey of life.  

4. Is Writing Therapeutic?

For you writing is part of a healing process, or remedy you use when you're feeling depressed or down.  If you haven't written anything for days makes you feel like you want to start pacing the floor, to get your creative juices started again.

5. Is Reading Your Passion?

Your friends and family are always make mention the time you spend buried in a book. You take a book everywhere you go.  When you move you have boxes filled with books because you can't bear to part with them.

6. Is Your Mind Full of Adventures?

You were always caught day dreaming 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 an adventure story in itself, because you're always creating new stories.

7. Do You Turn Life Experience into a Potential Goldmine?

Any experience you go through is worth writing down, whether it's 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 for future reference.

8. Do 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 their style, but that doesn't last long because you start writing on your own terms, quickly discovering your own writing voice.

9.  Do Your Thoughts Feel Like They Come Out of the Blue?

Writer's block doesn't happen to you that often, and within minutes you put pen to paper, and before you know it half a page quickly turns into three pages.

10. Do 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 sentences shows you have good taste.  A well formed sentence is like a glass of fine red wine.

11. Do You Find Yourself in Conversation When No One Else is Around?

Sounds weird and a bit crazy.

Talking is your way of expressing an idea you've had that needs to be recited before it's quickly written down.

12. Is Your Guilty Pleasure Visiting Bookstores?

Visiting a bookstore for you is like a kid in a candy shop.  Shelves brimming with adventures and ideas.
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