Thursday, June 18, 2009

You know you're a writer when...

This past week on the ACFW e-loop, a thread that got a lot of hits was

"You know you're a writer when..."

I didn't post to the loop, because I'm a Queen Lurker, and rarely feel I have something to add to any discussion there, but I thought this might be fun for the blog.

Here are a few of mine. Please add yours! If you're not a writer, substitute whatever fits for your life. Artist, mom, caregiver, teacher, pastor, whatever.

You know you're a writer when...

  • You go through your invoices from looking for writing and research books you've purchased so you can write them off your taxes.

  • You watch John Wayne movies for research. :)

  • You write in your historical era with such intensity, that when you surface, you're surprised to see modern conveniences like television and cars.

  • You not only know who Donald Maass is, you get excited about attending his workshop (as long as he doesn't call on you!)

How about you?


  1. You know you're a writer when...

    it's a tough decision whether to pay bills or spend money on craft books.

    you consider a trip to Staples the highlight of your week because you have a long-standing love affair with office supplies.

    PS. You really need to post to the loop!

  2. I really got a kick out of those posts to the loop! I will play now...

    You know you're a writer when...

    You drop your seven month old son off at the church nursery, and before you leave you ask, "What would happen if a mother dropped off her baby and never came back to pick the baby up?" And the lady just sort of blinks and stares at you. And you say, "It's for a book I'm writing." And then when you pick your baby up after service, the lady looks relieved... like she didn't think you were really coming back.

    You also know you're a writer when....

    You find yourself searching the internet for information on suicide and you end up browsing through these insane websites that tell suicical people the best way to off themselves. These websites really exist. They were beyond disturbing to read through.

  3. Woo-hoo! Just ordered two research/craft books from Amazon myself, including the new Donald Maass. Guess I should hang onto those receipts.

    I played you know you're a writer when on the loop. My offering:

    YKYAW when your conversation are peppered with similes and metaphors and none of your family and friends notice (or care).

    YKYAW when you dance with joy at seeing your copy edits have just hit your inbox.

    So glad to be in the good company of my fellow writers.

  4. You know you're a writer when... you lay down to get rid of a migrane and can't stop thinking about your next book and the GMC for your hero. (Just happened!)So you get back up and start surfing blogs instead.

  5. You know you're a writer when...

    You think of unique ways to murder someone, even though you're the most passive, sensitive person around.

    Thanks for the fun post!

  6. Fun post! Might have to borrow the theme.

  7. My answers on Pony Express

  8. My "You watch John Wayne movies for research" is "You watch 3 1/2 straight years of baseball for research."

    What a job, huh?

  9. You know you're a writer when you call the Gumbo Shop in New Orleans, twice in an hour's time, to ask "Are your floors concrete or tile?" and then "Is the wall outside your front door brick or wood?" hahaha.