by Robin Spano
Question of the Week: Did you ever have any doubts about your decision to be a writer?
My Answer: Sure, I used to doubt that decision every time I ran into a snag and wanted to toss my manuscript into a volcano, and maybe jump in after it.
Now, though, I refer to this handy checklist of TOP TEN SIGNS THAT YOU'RE REALLY A WRITER. Miraculously, I always come out shining.
You know you're a writer if...
- You deconstruct movies when you watch them, analyzing plot, character, dialogue, and you KNOW how you would do it better.
- You view “real jobs” as time fillers before your true calling emerges.
- You eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, and you consider it character study.
- You daydream, possibly in dialogue.
- You automatically proofread menus, ticket stubs, cereal boxes. Usually you find at least one error.
- You like alcohol or other forms of escapism a little too much.
- You prefer Scrabble to Monopoly.
- You love, love, love to read.
- You enjoyed writing when you were young.
- You officially don't like people but you find them secretly fascinating
***Note: This list is an amalgamation/condensation of others I found on the internet when doing research for a recent speech I gave.
***Note 2: This list is not scientific. If you think you're a writer, and nothing on this list applies to you, feel free to write a book anyway.
***Note 3: If you want to be a writer but you're currently a model citizen, don't feel that you have to take up drinking, misanthropy and eavesdropping.