I keep a copy of Adair Lara’s humorous You Know You’re a Writer When… on my desk. I like to glance through it now and then to remind myself that some of my quirks actually seem to be common qualities of creative scribes.
Here are a few that resonate with me today:
You know you’re a writer when…
You copy and paste the e-mails you write into your journal.
You look up “parsimony” in the dictionary and don’t stop reading until you hit “psalm.”
At parties, you check out the bookshelves the way other people snoop through medicine cabinets.
You fell in love with a man because he used “frisson” and “palimpsest” in cocktail-party conversation.
And some of mine:
You find yourself more engaged in your characters’ lives than your own.
You have a favorite pen, and you know your writing is better when you use it.
You proofread and polish your e-mails until they shine.
You ignore your dinner companions at a restaurant, listening instead to the conversation at the next table because you might be able to use some of the dialogue in a scene you’re writing.
Anyone want to add some of yours in the comments?
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