November 4, 2012
How to tell you're a writer
But this isn't a blog about Shearin or her books (that may come later).
Instead, it's inspired by one of her blog posts, where she talks about November being NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), a challenge where you are supposed to write 50,000 words in a month.
Right now, there's no way I can do that, but in her post talking about her plans for it, she linked to a wonderful post on the Writability blog.
The post, entitled "Ten Indisputable Signs that You're a Writer," gives...well, ten signs that you are a writer. I guess, going by this post, I am a writer! As long as you don't have to meet *all* of the criteria listed, anyway.
Let's see how I measure up.
1) You constantly edit
Guilty as charged, at least to an extent. I find myself editing everything from the book I'm reading to the news crawl underneath the talking heads on the news networks. And inevitably I notice a funny misspelling. (1/1)
2) You're highly observant
Ok, I can't necessarily say that I am (just ask the wife, who has seen me not notice something that's right in front of me). I also don't file them away in a "I could write about this later" folder in my head. However, when I *do* notice things or events or people, I do find myself occasionally wondering how I could work that into a story.
So maybe give me half a point? (1.5/2)
3) You often ask "how could I describe this?"
No, I don't really do this at all, at least not consistently. If I'm out in a rainstorm, I'm typically just trying to stay dry or get to where I'm going. I'm not really thinking how I would describe the rain drumming onto my umbrella. (1.5/3)
4) You have a hyperactive imagination
Guilty! My imagination is on overdrive, and I sometimes think if I could just get some order to the ideas constantly speeding through my head, I might actually be able to develop one of them. My problem is that I can't switch it off, and it often becomes a blur. (2.5/4)
5) You feel inspired after reading a good book
That's definitely true, though I have yet to harness that inspiration. I also feel inspired when I hear others talk about their writing craft. That's one of the things I loved about V-Con this year. So many great panels and getting to talk to a plethora of writers.
Now it's up to me to do something with it. (3.5/5)
6) You often daydream about your WiP (Work in Progress)
The rare times I do have a WiP, I do find myself thinking about it a lot even when I can't actually be writing it. So I would say that's a definite yes (though I haven't been able to test it out *too* much). (4.5/6)
7) You feel guilty if you haven't written anything in a while
That's another one I'm guilty of. (see what I did there?) Yes, which is why it's been so hard to be away from this blog, not to mention actually writing stories. It's hard to stay away, but it's also hard to actually buckle down and do it. I have to get past that second part. If you can buckle down, then staying away from it becomes an easy thing to deal with. You just don't do it. (5.5/7)
8) Grammar jokes are funny
Yes, I do find grammar humour to be utterly hilarious. Much to my wife's chagrin sometimes, I think. I think that's why I'm such a fan of puns, too. (6.5/8)
9) You can't get enough books
Any who have seen my bookshelves know that's true. I have always loved books, always having one around at all times. The only time I've ever not been in the middle of a book is when I've finished one on a Saturday and the next book I wanted to read, I had left at work. Then I read a magazine or two until it's finally time to collect what I want to read.
There can never be too many books. (7.5/9)
10) You keep doing this writing thing
While I have my stops and starts, my writer's block, my laziness, my head is always thinking of something to write about. Even if I don't actually get it written. That's why this blog has been restarted twice, why I continue to look into short story courses and the like.
Because while I find it hard to keep going sometimes, I always feel so accomplished when I've been able to actually get something down on paper, or more exactly, on screen. That drive is always there, even if I deny it to myself. (8.5/10)
And that, my friends, is why I do believe I'm a writer.
What about you, my fellow writers. How do you fall in this "test"?
I'd love to know.