Being a writer and writing are two completely different things. Anyone can write, but to be a writer that means it is a part of you, another extension of who you are. I knew I was a writer in second grade when I chose sitting inside writing stories on a clipboard over playing outside during recess. I even convinced my friends that was the cooler thing to do. "Why play kickball when we can write stories?"
I didn't know that I was any good at writing until my 8th grade English teacher convinced me I had a knack for it. Up to that point I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life (I mean who really does at 14.) Her kind words lead me to entertain the idea of writing professionally and paved the pathway for the rest of my life.
In high school, I took some creative writing classes. These classes were the official turning point where I learned that writers are my favorite kind of people. I met so many characters; people with free spirits, eloquent minds, people who weren't afraid to share a different outlook on life. Even my teacher at the time was someone so charismatic, so out there. I was marveled by it all.
From many writing classes to conferences, I started to build friendships with other writers and more and more I noticed the difference of the writing community from the outside world. A difference so beautiful and humorous I am sure that any writer who reads this post will completely agree that these are a few of the tell-tale signs that you, my friend, are a writer.
YOU TALK ABOUT THE CHARACTERS IN YOUR WORK AS IF THEY ARE REAL LIFE PEOPLE
"I'm not sure if I should kill off Janet it or keep her as a plot twist," you think out loud while you're half listening friend stares at you in disbelief. "Um. What?"
WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO COMPLETE YOUR NOVEL YOU WANT THEM TO GO PLAY IN TRAFFIC
A novel isn't a one-month thing unless you're participating in NaNoWriMo, then god bless. I will complete my novel when I can finally convince myself that it is good enough. You know after I edit it about another ten times. It took Jane Austen sixteen years to write and rewrite Pride and Prejudice, take that Aunt Karen.
WHEN SOMEONE MAKES A SIMPLE GRAMMAR MISTAKE YOU ARE NEVER ABLE TO LOOK AT THEM THE SAME
It is Abigail went to the zoo, not Abigail when two the zoo. You're twenty-four this shouldn't be happening.
YOU SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY THAN EVERYONE ELSE
Every person you meet is a possibility of a new character. You're in a constant daydream. Your mind wanders about the story behind things. That rude bus driver could've had a rough childhood growing up and metaphorically became a bus driver to run-away from it all, it's possible.
YOUR FRIENDS WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND YOUR EXCITEMENT OVER NEW FOUND INSPIRATION
"Robin stop the car!" "What why?" "I must see that lake it will make a perfect scenery part in my novel."
ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HAVE MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING DIAGNOSED
You have researched enough to tune into the psyche of a serial killer one moment and then tune into the fear of the terrified victim the next. If only that could be an acceptable skill on a resume.
ONCE YOUR IN YOUR "WRITING ZONE" THERE IS NO PULLING YOU OUT
Your significant other already knows that once they hear the clicking of the keys going a mile a minute and a facial expression that just screams "in another universe," not to bother you. There is a certain serenity about being in the zone. Plus, if anyone even tried to get your attention it wouldn't work anyway.
YOU ONLY SEEM LIKE A QUIET PERSON
There's more going on in your head than others may think. You aren't shy. You just like to be selective with what you say and keep a majority of your thoughts on paper.
YOU ARE ABLE TO EXPRESS WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY ON PAPER BETTER
You are the king or queen of love notes, sappy Facebook posts, and greeting card sayings. When it comes to controversial topics you are the best at making good points as long as it doesn't involve speaking. You find where your mind is trying to go with things when you write.
BETWEEN BOOKS YOU'VE READ AND STORIES YOU'VE WRITTEN YOUR STANDARDS ON MEN (OR WOMEN) ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE
You can blame any romance novel ever. You will be forever trying to find a guy like Gus Waters from "The Fault in our Stars."
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES SOMEONE A WRITER? WHAT IS SOMETHING ALL WRITERS CAN RELATE TO? LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS.