Thursday, October 1, 2015

10 Signs You May Be A Writer

Writer's move to their own beat and it's only through accepting their personal rhythm and embracing the call that they can feel ready to proudly say, "I AM WRITER, HEAR ME ROAR TYPE!"

No one can tell you you're a writer. Only YOU can make that claim.

But there are a few indicators that might help you realize your own truth... 

10 signs you may be a writer #write31days Alanna Rusnak


1. You view everyone as a potential character.  Inspiration is everywhere: in every conversation, in every moment you eavesdrop on, in the color of someone's hair or the texture of their skin, it is in every single person that has ever crossed your path ever in the entirety of your life. No one is safe from the workings of your imagination {though your job, as writer, is to make them feel safe even as you suck ideas from them like a vampire}.

2. You LOVE words and one of your great joys is manipulating them to provoke feelings in others. You mentally punch the sky in victory any time someone tells you they have laughed or cried or had nightmares or been inspired by anything you wrote because all you want is to move people with your WORDS!

3. You study nuances - so while the person you're speaking with may think you're deeply engrossed in the conversation, you're really memorizing the crinkle by their eyes and the way their lip catches on that one crooked tooth and how their hair moves when the door opens and that their jacket smells like Axe Body Spray.

4. You read. A lot. And you buy more books than you need. And when you're not buying books, you're dreaming about buying books and you think true happiness would be living in the library from Beauty & The Beast.

5. A trip to the bookstore is a bi-polar experience. While you feel completely at home among the shelves of beautiful tomes {amongst which you may or may not burst into the same song Belle sang in the village bookshop}, you also wish there was an entire shelf with your name on it and this causes you to jump back and forth between daydream euphoria and unequivocal self-doubt.

6. You ALWAYS read the author bio.  Because why are they so special that they got published? How are they better than you? Or - more honestly - how are you better than them?

7. You are NEVER without a notebook. Because you never know when inspiration will strike and if you don't have immediate access to pen and paper you know you will surely die hating yourself for losing the very idea that would have thrust you into the beautifully blinding spotlight of success.

8. You proofread everything. Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, signs, your children's homework, your own to-do lists... because you LOVE WORDS and the idea of them being abused makes you want to punch a wall {just as the idea that you might ever put your own mistakes into the public eye makes you long for a toilet to lean over}.

9. You have the kind of emotional capacity that others envy. You feel things more deeply and you experience the world with a wider heart. You know it's important to remember each phase of each feeling so you can someday express them perfectly through a character you probably haven't even created yet.

10. You have celebrity crushes. On writers. Because anyone who can spin words with such poetic genius... *swoon*

And a bonus...

You write! A writer writes! Being a writer doesn't mean you're getting paid or recognized. It doesn't mean your name fills the shelves of a prestigious bookstore or that people line up to let you scribble across the inside cover of a masterpiece. A writer writes! Own it! Be proud! And go write!

Do you write? Then you're a writer!

I can't wait to read your stuff! 

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17 comments :

  1. Well done...and looks like I fit the bill! Look forward to following you this month!!

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    1. Thanks :) I may have exaggerated a few points but you know...writer ;)

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  2. Yep, I passed the test with flying colors, words, characters, ideas, etc...I know that I know - I'm a writer! :)

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    1. Glad you know it! Good luck as you do it :)

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  3. love it, as usually you made me giggle, especially your bit about being a vampire. Too funny. I'm so looking forward to all of your posts!

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    1. heehee...everything is better if there's a vampire involved ;)

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  4. Oh, the library from Beauty & the Beast. :) Also, I'm quite glad I'm not the only one cataloging people's traits and personalities for future reference.

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    1. I know! That library!!! *sigh*

      A friend approached me after I published this post to ask if I really study all the little details ;) I think it suddenly made him uncomfortable to think something he does might end up in my pages...of course this made me want to rub my hands together and laugh wickedly...

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    2. You should have totally done it. Then whipped out and notebook and started scribbling like mad!

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    3. Ahahaha! He'd never talk to me again.

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  5. I write! (And I love Beauty and the Beast!!!!!)

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    1. You're in good company here ;)

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    2. I'm going to "be your guest" here. :)

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  6. You words are very motivating. I need motivation. NEED!

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    1. You need a vacation! What could be more motivating than that??!! Don't beat yourself up - when the time is right you'll find the words!

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    2. No beating. Just longing. Taking a camping trip with my girls in November. That's my next break. Bought flannel shirts in august I'm soooo excited. It was still 100 degrees here. Tent just shipped in yesterday!

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    3. So fun! It's so good to have something to look forward to!

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