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You Know You’re a Writer When…

I asked friends and fellow bloggers from Tribe Writers to finish a sentence, “You know you’re a writer when…”

The responses came flooding in. They make me so proud to be a writer! Read the responses below and when you’re finished reading, take a moment to join the fun and complete the sentence in the comments, too.

You know you are a writer when you say, ‘I am a writer.’

Pamela Hodges

 

You know you are a writer when you are writing – even sporadically – and you know you are a writer when you keep trying to corral the words swirling in your head and to arrange them into some semblance of order.

Kaye Sims

 

You know you’re a writer when, the words leave your fingertips and land on the page.

David Mike

 

You find yourself narrating your life and daily experiences and dreaming in stories.

Deanne Welsh

 

You know you’re a writer when you’re in a foreign country, sleeping in a brothel instead of the hostel you couldn’t find, and you spend the whole night thinking up titles for this story no one’s going to believe.

Kay Bolden

 

You know you’re a writer when the words swirling around in your head keep you up each night.

Tanya Gardiner

 

You know you’re a writer when you walk around a bookstore annoyed that you can’t find your book and then realize it’s because you haven’t written it yet.

Melissa Joan Walker

 

You know you’re a writer when you’d rather write than sleep.

Frank McKinley

 

You know you’re a writer when you write all day. Then, just for fun, you write some more.

Mike Loomis

 

You know you’re a writer when you keep wondering which of your life’s experiences you should write about, and you can’t keep up with the ideas.

Marilyn Newbury

 

You have a legal pad permanently stored beside your bed and you can write 6 pages before you get out of bed in the morning.

Susan Scott

 

When you’ve impressed yourself by your progress.

Ashley Espinoza

 

“You know you’re a writer when you wake up in the morning with a pen stuck in your hair. Lol, I’ve done this a couple of times, not fun trying to get it unstuck.”

Cindy M. Jones

 

You know you’re a writer when you look for places to pull the car over so you can make notes to yourself on the ideas coming too fast to remember.

Becky Palmquist

 

When you’re dreaming up awesome titles before you have written anything.

Rachel Larkin

 

You know you’re a writer when your teenage son asks you to proofread his essay “because you’re a professional.

Kendra Burrows

 

You know you’re a writer when you get a book idea and are scrambling around looking for something to write it down on/with.

Miriam Nicholson

 

You know you’re a writer when you have complicated relationships with several dead authors.

Steve Hawkins

 

When you use trying dialogues out loud as an excuse to play with imaginary friends.

Irene Aprile

 

When you’re pulling weeds in your yard and you think, ‘This would make a great blog post!’

Dave Wernli

 

You know you’re a writer when all you can think of is the next story, the next paragraph, or maybe even the next sentence.

Anne Gollias Peterson

 

You know you’re a writer when you’re convinced the guy in the confession line is only there because he’s going to murder the Priest!

Nicol Valentin

 

You know you’re a writer when you push past resistance and practice in public because what’s in you must come out even if you have to change it a million times before you can share it to tell them ‘because I did, so can you’ & you change someone’s life for the better.

Danielle Bernock

 

You know you’re a writer when your friends and family members are always asking if you can help them write a resume, edit an email, or find the best wording for their social media post.

Nicole Bianchi

 

You know you’re a writer when you feel compelled to write words that are difficult and somehow freeing at the same time and reveal the deepest secrets and fears of your heart.

Lorna Kopp

 

You know you’re a writer when you’re writing against your will.

Mike Mahaffey

 

You know you’re a writer when the muse visits you in the shower.

Jewel Eliese

Now it’s your turn, in the comments finish the sentence, you know you’re a writer when….

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • David Mike

    Thanks for allowing our voices to speak on your blog!

  • Deanne Michelle Welsh

    So fun! Thanks for dreaming up this fun exercise.

  • Danielle Bernock

    This was a cool idea. Thanks for letting us be a part of it!

  • Sharon Enabs

    You know you’re a writer when you can sit on the clouds, trap the air, dance on mountains and still be hunched over your desk

    • Rebecca Boddie

      Lovely!

  • Sharon Enabs

    You know you’re a writer when blue is not just a color and words are not just words.

  • Mary Flaherty

    When your “what if?” eclipses the real story (I had to use that word because I’m a real writer). When you forget that your characters aren’t real and are disappointed that they’re not. Finally? When you tell yourself that you are.

  • Muriel J. Muex

    Muriel

    You know you’re a writer when you constantly think about writing and what to write about whether you write or not.

  • ThePastryPoet

    You know you’re a writer when the desire to create is so strong it physically hurts, when pen plus paper equals liberation.

  • You know you’re a writer when you try to stay awake in bed and run dialogue with your characters.

  • Julia Nevarez

    When all you can think about is when was the last time you wrote!

  • Doris Ugochukwu

    You know you are writer when you haven’t seen yourself as one then someone praised you for a piece you wrote and then some years after, you look at that piece and it strike you how creative you could be.

  • Rebecca Boddie

    …when you continue to write although only a few people will read it. Maybe no one.

  • Chad Westbrook

    You know you’re a writer when it calls to you, when the call becomes stronger than any desire you feel. When it beckons you to quit your day job even when you know you can’t yet.

  • Dennis

    You know when you’re a writer when you know there a thousand writers out there that are better than you and you write your book anyway.

  • MorganMelchor

    You know you’re a writer when real people become annoying and you just want to talk to your characters. Also, when you have a big fat pile of rejection letters – and you’re proud of them!,

  • You know you’re a writer when you’re still asleep (grog) and you’re doing writer stuff anyway?? anybody got more coffee???

  • You know your a writer when someone asks you what your thinking about when they see you stare out the window, and you say nothing because you don’t know how to tell them the characters are more exciting and interesting then they are. Or when someone notices you aren’t your self and tells you to go write something because you aren’t yourself anymore.

  • Judy Peterman Blackburn

    You know you’re a writer when you feel comfortable commenting on writer’s blogs, that you understand the writer’s mentality. Thanks for a fun blog and this to think about. 🙂

  • Victoria Vanorder

    You know your a writer when…you dream about your characters and their journeys like they’re long lost friends.

  • Billie L Wade

    You know you’re a writer when your fingers itch if they’re not holding a pen over a sheet of paper or poised above a keyboard.

  • Daisy B. Badilla

    You know you’re a writer when you feel happy writing and you get a bonus through royalty payment.

  • Billie L Wade

    You know you’re a writer when you suspect the person at the next table in the restaurant is eavesdropping on your conversation to garner snippets for her or his writing.

  • Robert Ranck

    You know . . . . when your characters shout you awake at five AM, demanding you write their story because some3one else wants to read it. And you oblige them.

  • Meg Konovska

    You know you’re a writer when you get annoyed you won’t be able to dedicate time to writing when you’re on a vacation.

  • Meril Elizabeth Varghese

    You know you’re a writer when you gain an inner peace on penning down the piled up words.

  • Kathy Forsyth

    You know you’re a writer when you realize you’ve been writing blog posts every week for 17 months now and you still enjoy it!

    • Margie Hord

      Congrats!

  • John Hamshare

    You know you’re a writer…when people read what you’ve written and express how much they enjoyed it–and want to know when your next publication will be available.

  • Kristy Perkins

    You know you’re a writer when the worst part of a bad day was that you didn’t get any writing time in, and that the crowning achievement of a good day was getting 1000 words in.

  • Margie Hord

    You know you’re a writer when you turn on the light at least once some nights before you go to sleep, to write down a word or phrase or idea… and when you think “OK, what does God want to teach me from this experience and how can I transmit that in writing for the benefit of others?”

  • samcarter44

    You know you’re a writer when people at church think of you when writing needs to be done.