In the latest Writer Magazine I read an article by Lisa Shearin that really hit home. It was a tribute to Jeff Foxworthy’s “you might be a redneck if…”, only reflected in a writer’s version. Here are a few of my favorites from the article: You might be a writer if…
- You have a favorite punctuation mark.
- You desperately want Crayola bathtub markers, so you can write down the great dialog that comes to you in the shower.
- If you didn’t have a book contract, you’d be writing anyway. (I don’t, and I keep writing and writing and writing…)
- When you’re not writing, you get a persistent twitch in your left eyelid. (I really do have this – glad it’s not just me!)
Here are a few of my own: You might be a writer if…
- You’ve tried to run on the treadmill and simultaneously write down a sudden fabulous idea for your WIP. Let me just save you some trouble – it doesn’t turn out very pretty. Get yourself a voice recorder instead.
- You think writing can be truly painful but have to do it anyway. Every day. And when you finish with a day’s work, you’re more pleased than if you’d won the lottery. (Okay, maybe a small lottery. But still!)
- You find it very annoying that you have to make time to eat meals in the middle of a writing spree and consider buying one of those helmet-feeding contraptions that can connect to a protein shake. Or a chocolate malt from DQ.
- You nearly cry when your favorite pen dies, and have a small ceremony before you lay it gently in the trash.
These make for a pretty funny list, but here’s the truth: You are a writer if you say you are. No one else can decide whether we are writers or not; we don’t have to be published or popularly followed on a blog to claim the title. Only we know in our hearts if we are truly writers. And if you are, like I know I am, then get writing!