10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer

You’ve wondered, right?

You’ve asked yourself this question many times and you’re reading this post to find out, “Am I a writer?”

Like a hypochondriac checking out WebMD over and over again, you scour articles and blog posts for the telltale signs and symptoms that you’ve got what it takes to declare yourself a writer.

I do, too. That’s why I came up with this list of 10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer.

After reading the list, click on the links to the other great blog posts and articles that relate to each of these ideas.

Please leave me a comment about which symptoms you come down with most often, or add some new ones of your own.

You Know You’re a Writer if…

10. You take really long showers because you’re working on a writing problem or your fictional characters are having conversations in your head and you’re eavesdropping on them. (I came up with the idea for this blog post while taking a shower this morning.)

9.  Your favorite hashtag on Twitter is #amwriting (<=== or these nine other hashtags).

8. Your friends and family ask you to “pick a movie already” when you’re on Netflix and you tell them, “I’m not picking a movie, I’m reading the synopses.”

7. You check Amazon.com synopses for books that are similar to the one you are writing right now (you also say “synopses” a lot).

6. You have a Pinterest board where you pin cool spaces for writing retreats.

5. When you’re out with friends, instead of engaging in conversation you narrate your life – “Paul sat on his bar stool nursing a half-finished beer. Conversations swirled around him, but he was lost in his thoughts. He should be home writing, but his friends insisted he come out with them to celebrate his latest book, All By Myself’.”

4. You constantly notice grammatical errors in other people’s writing but can’t seem to find them in your own.

3. You love words and could spend hours pouring through 500 billion of them or enjoy lexicography.

2. Your Evernote app, filing cabinet, desktop, etc. is overflowing with so many ideas, photos and articles for future stories and blog posts that it’s hard to find the one you’re looking for when you need it.

1. But the number one way to know you are a writer is – You declare yourself to be one and then sit in the chair and write!

There are a LOT of great 10 Ways to Know articles out there on the internet. My Google search turned up 1,650,000,000 hits in .039 seconds. That makes 16.5 billion things to know. That’s about 2.28 things to know for each person living on Earth today. Here are 10 of the 1.65 billion 10 Ways articles I took a look at for this post.

  1. 10 Ways to Know if You’re Confident – or Arrogant
  2. 10 Ways to Find Happiness
  3. 10 Ways to Know that You’re a Stoner
  4. 10 Ways to Know Very Quickly if your Man is a Psychopath
  5. 10 Ways to Develop Your Personal Style
  6. 10 Ways to Alter Your Consciousness Without Drugs
  7. Top 10 Ways to Annoy the Locals
  8. 10 Ways to Help Your Community in 30 Minutes or Less
  9. 10 Ways to Know You’re Having a Hot Flash
  10. 10 Ways to Be a Great Dad

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  4. I must say I didn’t read the full article, just the preview. Of course, as any other person who has always thought about being a writer, the title pulled me in. I read the preview and they I started reading some of the comments. I’m in English/Communication major struggling with the idea of ‘what comes next’ and I don’t believe that a particular list of qualities defines who you are. I’m sure if I read the article I would be able to relate to multiple of the points, but what if I didn’t?


    • Hi, mcano94. Thanks for stopping by. If you read the whole article you’ll see that the 10 Ways to Know You’re a Writer doesn’t mean there are only 10 ways to know you’re a writer! These are just 10 things I’ve noticed about myself as a writer that I wanted to share with others. When I wrote it, I didn’t think anyone would respond to it at all but it’s been my most popular post. It’s funny because sometimes the thing you write that you think is the most personal ends up being kind of universal. I’ve had an amazing response to this post and I’m very grateful. If you don’t get a chance to read it, the last one is the most important way to know you’re a writer – “You declare yourself to be one and sit in the chair and write!” I wish you much luck on your writing journey and hope you share some stories with us!


  5. I liked this the first time I read it. But I couldn’t remember whether I had left a comment or not. So I just went through three hundred some to see. Unless my scroll bar hiccuped, apparently I did not. So okay. I guess I have to go back to writing now…

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  6. Wow. Encouragement is contagious and I appreciate it! I guess #11 for me would be the transition from GUILTY that I spend my precious free time writing to GUILTY that I am NOT spending m time writing!


    • Hi, Tanmay. These 10 ways are just things I’ve noticed about myself, they may not apply to every writer. Making the declaration that you are a writer and then doing something about it is the number one way to know!


  7. Haha I was reading this list (I love lists! Thanks for a good one) and thinking, ‘none of this is me at all’, then I saw number four and laughed out loud, it is totally me. Everytime, I don’t understand how I miss my own grammatical errors so often. I’ll give my mother something to proofread and she will send me an email asking if I realised that the sentence on page 15 goes for 3 long paragraphs… umm no I didn’t, sorry mum 🙂


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