Ten Signs That You’re A Writer – A Stroll On The Crazy Side

Photo by nighthawk7

Photo by nighthawk7

A dash of crazy chases writers. We embrace it in the imaginary characters, made up stories, and don’t forget the arguments we get into with the characters we created.

Our spouses are quite certain we didn’t have enough imaginary friends in childhood. They also know the take-out numbers for several restaurants so they have a backup when we’re on deadline.

You’ve heard of senior moments? Well, what about writer moments? The moments when we loose all focus and our imagination drifts off into an imaginary world.

If you’re a mom writer, you might even find yourself calling your children the name of a character. That’s when your middle-schooler looks at you with that you’ve-finally-lost-it stare.

Yep. My kids have given me those stares, my husband has raised his eyebrows, and my keyboard has suffered the direct impact of my forehead a time or two. How about you?

Top Ten Signs That You’re A Writer:

1.You count more words than you do dollars from your royalty checks.

2. Hearing voices is a good thing.

3. You spend months on a draft and you consider it no more than drivel.

4. You consider chocolate a food group.

5. Rejection is just another day at the office.

6. Your family has caught you talking to your characters out loud.

7. You’ve called your insurance company trying to claim Prozac as a work comp issue.

8. You take your vacations only to places that are tax deductible.

9. You ask people to tell you what’s wrong with your work. Sometimes you even pay to be told.

10. You sign up to finish a whole year’s work in one month just for the fun of it.

Smiling at the zany is sometimes therapeutic. The fun of being a writer and the challenges can bring some of the best smiles.

What are some of the signs of being a writer that you have seen?


Congratulations to Last Week’s

Fan Friday Winner~ Rebekah Carpenter




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

25 thoughts on “Ten Signs That You’re A Writer – A Stroll On The Crazy Side

  1. When you get mail for one of your characters, you know you’re a writer.

  2. Love the list. I’ve been guilty of all but two or three… Must mean I’m in good company!

  3. jennyjos37 says:

    This made me laugh out loud! Have a great day!

  4. dtopliff says:

    Dreaming about your character(s) or being in church, sincerely listening to a good sermon, and suddenly in the middle you know what a new important turn of plot should be, and you’re thankful.

  5. Sarah King says:

    Getting a sudden idea or plot idea, and it lights a fire in your chest so bright you begin shaking a little. Another side effect is you’re struck dumb. Speaking doesn’t happen until you have the idea down on paper. Sentences that make no lodgical sense leak out. Sqealing and hand flapping is another side effect. 🙂 lol

  6. Ashes says:

    Haha! Do not get me started!:)

    1. Your friends come up with weird names that mean “crazy” in whatever language they major in because you have four thousand notes spilling out of your pockets.

    2. You consider it a fatal illness to get writers block.

    3. You talk to yourself so much your companions learn to block it out (or at least carry around a pair of sound-canceling headphones…)

    4. Poor grammar on text messages makes you want to teach the one you are texting a 24-hour English class.

    5. The name your computer.

    6. You have so many ideas for novels that you wonder how many you’re going to be able to complete before you reach the pearly gates.

    7. Books lay everywhere in your house- in the most unlikely places.

    8. You are on a first-name basis with the guy who works at Office Max on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from nine until five.

    9. Everyone in the bookstore knows you and makes sure they have a pile of books and a comfy seat ready for your arrival every Saturday.

    10. You walk out for a night with family and friends with tears in your eyes. When they ask you what’s happened, you begin to cry harder as you choke out you just killed off the most flawless character you’ve ever created. They usually end up considering driving you straight to a mental therapist.

    That’s pretty much the story of my life, haha!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      You are a riot! I love these…and can relate to several of them! My computer’s name is Abby…The guy at office max is named Jake…I catch myself editing IM messages. LOL! The list goes on. Thanks for sharing!

  7. You tie yourself up to see how long it takes to get untied.

  8. Liz Johnson says:

    Oh, I’m so there! Definitely with number 8! I’m always looking for a research reason to go on vacation. 🙂

    Also, when the evening cashier at Panera Bread knows you by name and holds your favorite, isolated booth for you.

    And when you have a desk chair pulled up to your dining room table because it’s more comfortable to write in.

    And when after a day of writing, you can’t sit any more, so you put your laptop on your counter and write standing up because heaven forbid you stop when you’re on a roll.

    Thanks for these! What fun! Glad to know I’m in good company!

  9. Sarah Thomas says:

    When you call your dad to tell him a character died because you know he’ll want to come to the funeral. (I caught myself before I actually dialed, but my hand was on the phone!)

  10. Sue Harrison says:

    Your dad’s upset because the villain in your novel is a father. So in the next novel, your villain is the mother.

  11. Michelle Lim says:

    So very funny! I just love all of the ideas that everyone has come up with!

  12. SJ says:

    I once told someone I had met about two hours previously that I was a writer and she gave me this relieved looking nod, and said, ‘Riiiiiight, THAT explains it.’

    It was about ten years ago, and I still don’t know whether to be insulted or not.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s