You Know You're A Writer When...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

You Know You're A Writer When:

1. There are scraps of computer paper with scribbling littering your desk and stuck out of your purse, lunch bag and jacket pocket. True story. I just looked over at my "stuff" and there are writing ideas nesting in every available cranny.

2. You can barely talk to people without translating the subject of your conversation into potential blog posts, magazine articles, headlines, columns, marketing angles, etc. I'm sorry, I really am listening. In fact, I hope you feel honored that our talks are so interesting that they'd make great topic pieces.

3. You can barely go about your daily functions without translating your own habits and thoughts into potential blog posts, magazine articles... It's not that our egos think our lives are so very interesting. Really, it's not. It's that we think we can connect to other people by admitting to our own weird quirks. Hey, there's got to be someone else out there who can't sleep at night until they can figure out where they've seen that funky spatula with the smiling face cut out of the center before.

4. Unconsciously, you begin "fixing" other people's writing, emails and resumes in your head. I mean seriously, don't you think you could come up with something better than "operated heavy machinery?" And "drive-thru" is just wrong. Again, this is not an indication of our arrogance or anything, just that our minds are trained that way.

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