10 Things That (might) Mean You’re a Writer.

Write…Write…What to write?  Coffee…Coffee…I need coffee.  Hmm, this keyboard is annoying.  What should I make Cassy say?  Benji needs to do something.  WHY DO I KEEP FORGETTING CAM?

Hello!  Today I’m going to be sharing ten things that make a writer a writer…Or how you’d know you’re one.  It’s pretty simple, but writing itself (sadly) is not.


1. Cringing when you read a badly written book, or a terrible plot twist.

C’mon, all of us writers have been there.  That writer couldn’t have possible done that!  Don’t they know they are bringing a bad name to all writers????

2. Being addicted to a certain hot drink.

Tea, coffee, hot cocoa.  Doesn’t really matter which.  I just need something to have next to me to sip and keep me awake.  For some reason cold water doesn’t do that for you.  In fact, cold water makes me want to relax.

3. You randomly make up stories to go with phrases.

Ever heard the phrase knock on wood?  I made up a story that it came from a wood chopper who was smart enough to knock on the wood to make sure it wasn’t rotten before he tried to chop it.  Chopping rotten wood sends pieces flying.

4.  It takes you forever to fall asleep.

I can’t fall asleep right away.  Even if I spent the whole day working in the yard.  I just stare at the ceiling and start imagining a story…And suddenly, you wake up.

5. You have vivid dreams.

Ever been fighting robots on an island?  Ever attended your own wedding?  Only to wake up a realize what seemed to be real wasn’t?  You’re in the boat with a lot of writers I know, including myself.

6. Come up with the impossible…in an impossible timeline.

“Guys, it’ll only take us five minutes to mow the field.”  Umm, did you check the clock last time?  Oh, you were in outer-space.  “Why didn’t we do it that way?” Because gravity is against us, my friend.

7. Lose total track of time.

“Where were you??  You were supposed to be in bed two hours ago.”  Oops, I forgot to look at the clock.  Hehe, sorry, Mom.

8. Are book-aholics.

Just one more book…Just one more.  It can’t hurt anyone?  I need to read another book!  It’s like I need more friends…But these friends never hurt me…and then they die.

9. Enjoy long, and strange words.

I really do not credit that account of your exploit.  I am remorseful that you fractured your limb.  Is there something I can do for you?  I am so flummoxed and gobsmacked.  Sometimes, I just need to speak those British words.  😉

10. Talk to themselves.

We really aren’t talking to ourselves.  We have about five different people in our brains we need to talk to.  How else do we learn about our characters?  How can we make everything clear without talking to ourselves?


Did you relate to anything?  Obviously you might not have all ten traits and you might be a writer, but those are somethings I’ve found out about writers from talking to my writer friends.

What can you relate with?  Are you a writer?  Do you enjoy ping-pong?


50 thoughts on “10 Things That (might) Mean You’re a Writer.

  1. Sam B says:

    Haha. No. 10 reminds me of my sister… she’ll randomly say something to herself, only it turns out it wasn’t herself; it was her pretending to be someone imaginary talking to someone else imaginary. 😮 😁

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    1. Amie says:

      Well, your sister and I would get along! Only, I’ve started to whisper instead. I’ll be by myself in a room, and someone will suddenly come in and say,
      “Who are you talking to?”
      Technically, I’m talking to no one. In reality, I’m talking to my character.


  2. Callie S. says:

    Oh my goodness…you hit the nail right on the head there, Amie. With you every step of the way 😀 😀 Not falling asleep fast? A whole story exploding out of one phrase? And I love #8…Just one more book…just one more…
    It’s nice and fun to know that writers kinda share the “weirdness” 😀 😀

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  3. amandajoywrites says:

    This is awesome, Amie! Such a fun list! 🙂 I think I do some of those things…(ponders)…maybe mostly talking to myself! Lol And for me, tea or any other hot drink doesn’t work for me, it’s more of a distraction. I get so caught up in the writing that it just gets cold before I finish drinking it! I don’t like ping pong, I’m terrible at it. XD

    Thanks for posting this!


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  4. Carolyn says:

    I definitely relate to not falling asleep quickly, having vivid dreams, and talking to myself! (Usually it’s the characters speaking) 😉
    I like ping pong, as in hitting the ball back and forth. I never really learned how to play it by the rules. 😊

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  5. Jac says:

    I can relate to all of them but number 2. I’ve never really written anything on paper but I have hundreds of stories in my but I don’t think anyone would like them. I’ve never played ping-pong.

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  6. Mandalynn says:

    I actually have a draft for a post almost exactly like this! (it’s been a draft for something like three months…) funny you did one.
    I can relate to all of them except for number two; I don’t need to drink anything, I just need to listen to music!
    Numbers 4, 7, 8 and 9 I totally do! I don’t know how I go to sleep while my mind is working to figure out a story, but it always happens!!
    You forgot, “changing the ending of fiction or non-fiction stories because you don’t like it.”

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    Ahaha! A book-aholic…ah-hum, I think I’m definitely that!!! ;D lol I read a ton! And yes, I enjoy long words..the only thing I can’t relate to up there is the vivid dreams…I almost never dream! Yeah, random fact about me, right? Do I enjoy ping-pong? Yes, I guess I do! Do you, Amie?

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  8. Amanda Davis says:

    Wow, Amie, you really hit it home! Number 5 and 6 are mostly me. I once had a dream where everybody was a piece of dessert, and we were flying through outer-space on a gigantic spaceship! Ever tried to make cookies in 15 minutes at 10:30 PM? Let’s just say, it didn’t work!☺️

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  9. Grace H. says:

    I relate to a lot of this, even though I’m not necessarily a full-fledged writer. I do know I have a light writer’s strain though… Probably because it seems to run in the family. My brother and sister are both very much writers though and I know from experience that they both relate to a lot of this!
    Anywho, I would love to invest myself in some writing in the future… Most likely at the end of summer though because I have to finish my one-way year college program that ends mid-August. :/

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      1. Amie says:

        Haha! I’m going to quote Grace H. to everyone! You have the funnest little sayings.
        Ahem, back to your first comment. If you write songs, you would be considered a writer in my eyes. Both music and English are languages. We don’t consider writing in Latin not writing, do we?


      2. Grace H. says:

        Hehe, I find myself amusing too… 😉
        Well, if you put it that way, I’m a writer. Haha! I suppose songs and poetry are probably more like hieroglyphics (I think I spelled that right…) when it comes to writing. A little different, but writing nonetheless.


  10. Maggie Farnum says:

    I relate to 2, 5, 7, 8, & 9! I love long British words! I love the word Flibbertigibbet! I don’t know if it is British. But I love it! And I am a book-worm! I love TEA!

    I do write a few stories, but they all seem to end up in the trash! Any tips Amie!


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  11. Olivia Bell says:

    As a writer, I can relate to most of these, hahaha! Especially when I’m really motivated to write! Haha, I do like ping pong, since you asked. 😉

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