I’m a writer.
That might be one of the first times I’ve said that without the word ‘aspiring’ qualifying that statement.
Maybe I still am aspiring to publish a book. Maybe I’m still aspiring to get to become a known author. But I’m still a writer.
Maybe you’re a writer, too. Here’s how you know if that’s the case.
You don’t write.
Because you are a master procrastinator. “Oh, but I need to check my email.” “I’d better check to make sure I didn’t leave my straightener on.” “The dog needs to go for a walk.” “I need a social media presence in order to market the book.” For all our imagination and creativity, we writers spend a lot of it on made-up excuses to not write.
You talk to yourself in character voices.
Thus risking coming off as a total loon. My favourite spot for character voices is in the shower (there is way too much room to think in there), but this little bit of crazy can take place anywhere – on the bus, during a walk, in front of strangers…
You’re thinking about NaNoWriMo prep.
Just a little over a month until National Novel Writing Month! This means trying to whip out 50 thousand words in thirty days. Check out my previous post on this topic here. This will be my second year attempting this feat.
You’re a little obsessed with pens, notebooks, books, bookstores, and warm drinks.
If I have a little spare time or need to get out of the house, I like going to the book store, and while I’m there, I have to stop by the journal aisle and eye up the products there, and then pick up a chai latte on my way out. Those are musts. Non-negotiable.
You have pretty spontaneous ideas.
Maybe you wake up with a strange dream in your head and you think a story could come from it. Maybe you see some people having an in-depth conversation and wonder what they were talking about. Maybe the inspiration fairies just bless you with the best idea in the world out of the blue. However you get inspiration, it’s because you’re a writer.
After all that procrastination, after all the book obsessions, after all the preparation and the self-doubt and the thinking and percolating and questioning, you write. And that’s it. Writers write.
Do I have any writers out there? Let me know!
Have a good one!