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Sunday, March 20, 2011

You Know You're a Writer if...

I thought I'd share a collection of mine. I collect quotes; here are a few thoughts (from great minds other than mine) that I've gathered. Those writers out there will identify, no doubt.

You know you’re a writer if…

Your purse is stuffed with random pieces of paper napkins with book notes scribbled on them.

You know you’re a writer if your friend tells you a heartbreaking story and you pull out your pen and notebook and say, “Right, keep talking.”

It’s five PM and you’re still in your jammies and the dog hasn’t been out since yesterday.

You would rather talk to the voices in your head than the person sitting next to you.

You know the research librarian’s office, cell, and home phone numbers but can’t remember your own.

You’ve ever said, “The voices are getting louder; I must go write.”

When talking with others, you mentally edit their dialogue.

You have a momentary reality lapse and mention your characters’ situation as a prayer request in Sunday school.

Romance means finding a way to keep two people apart for at least ten chapters.

Internal conflict has nothing to do with your parents.

External conflict makes you giddy with excitement.

Air, water, and food are second to chocolate, caffeine, and a really good pen.

The last conversation you had was with an imaginary person.

A hook has nothing to do with fishing, and everything to do with sleep deprivation.

A style guide is not a measure of how good you look, but how much you don't know.

Plot isn't where the body is buried, but how they died.

Pacing isn't a nervous habit.

Setting has absolutely nothing to do with how many you expect for dinner.

Bed and breakfast describes your office space.

You read out loud to your dog to get confirmation that your prose is working.


Jane said...

Debbi - so true - unfortunately!!! I like the one about talking to your dog to see if your prose is right! Ok - so we writers are just a tad on the weird side - that's just the way God wired us!!! And speaking of dogs....must be why you don't have one - you'd never take the time let him out! :)

Debbi said...

Jane: I concur about taking the dog out. Except in my family, I'm the only one here. Stay tuned next week for, You Know You're an Editor if..."

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