I don’t know about you but when I started this whole journey I was a little embarrassed about it. I was even sensitive talking about it with my husband who has been completely supportive since day one. I thought that people wouldn’t take me seriously, that they would think my ideas of grandeur were nonsensical – a waste of time and believe me writing takes time. Lots and lots of time. Time you would normally use sleeping, going to the mall, exercising or conversing on some type of social networking media. It took a while, not to take myself seriously because I knew that I wanted to do this, but for me to know that it was okay for other people to take this seriously. One thing that really encouraged me was reading about other authors and the way they described themselves. As I read I realized, hey, that’s me! So if you’re wondering if you are a true writer at heart or if this is just a temporary whim that you are experiencing this might help.
You might be a writer if:
You write in your sleep.
Your friend has a baby and you write his name down for a future character in your next novel.
You’d rather write than sleep.
You sometimes have trouble distinguishing between fiction and reality.
You are constantly looking for elements in your life that identify with the current story you’re writing.
Your friends smile and nod as you talk non-stop about editing your query and the next conference your going to.
You are more excited about going to the children’s literature festival than your children are.
You get goosebumps and butterflies when you meet a real live published author and suck them dry for any tidbit of advice they can offer.
You’ve become a hermit.
Your best friends are imaginary.
You have a tingling sensation in your hands from writing too often.
You try things just so you can write about them.
You are starving for criticism just so you can get better.
You’re determined that, even if it takes until you’re 108, you will continue working on your writing until it’s published!
Perhaps you identify with most of these. If so, you might just be a real, bonified writer! Please share some of your own, “You might be a writer ifs…”