I was on a writing retreat for four days with three other writers.
After a while, I began to notice some communal traits.
Following the model of redneck comedian Jeff Foxworthy, I thought I’d share my observations.
You might be a writer if…
You might be a writer if…multi-tasking includes eating, drinking, typing, talking, bopping to music in your headphones, reading, taking notes, and theorizing plot points.
You might be a writer if…you lose track of your chapters when you’re writing and put “Next Chapter” at each break.
You might be a writer if…you have fading letters on your keyboard and are thankful for finger memory or else you couldn’t spell. See ‘E’ key.
You might be a writer if…you laugh out loud at your own work.
You might be a writer if…your own words bring a tear to your eye.
You might be a writer if…you put notes in the manuscript like, (check fact here), or (what’s his name?), or (how many times can you say weird on one page?). That one cracked me up when I was editing. Total LOL.
You might be a writer if…when in doubt, you make it up. Flabbergastment is now a word. Because I wrote it.
You might be a writer if…you type the word you mean only to find upon rereading that instead of “you”, it says “she”, or instead of “something” it says “someone”.
You might be a writer if…you write into the wee hours, go to bed exhausted but feeling good, then wake to read gibberish.
You might be a writer if…you’ve ever forgotten to ‘save’. Once. Because once you forget, you never don’t ‘save’ again.
You might be a writer if…your fellow authors’ successes spur you on. One writer’s success is a group success.
You might be a frustrated writer if…your cursor slips and you find yourself typing in the middle of a previous sentence.
You might be a writer if…you participate in animated conversations about what you haven’t written yet, but it’s good. Sometimes with others, sometimes with characters, sometimes with yourself.
You might be a writer if…you have no idea what time it is, but you know your word count.
You might be a writer if…you’ve been sitting so long your butt hurts.
You might be a writer if…you read through this entire list and nodded at least once.
I am in good company.