Friday, August 26, 2011

You Know You're a Writer When...

Photo by Martha Ramirez

Thought we could have some fun today. It's Friday!

Okay, so I'll go first...
You Know You're a Writer When/if_____________

when your charcters in your head won't stop yapping.

when your pen runs out of ink--every day.

you can't stop ordering $25 worth of books from Amazon.
(25$=free shipping. Whoo hoo!)

the bookstore manager knows you by your first name.

you're in the middle of a shower and you have to get out to jot down an idea before you forget.

you hear a unique name and have the need to scribble it down.

the letters on your PC are worn off.

non-writers look at you weird.

Now it's your turn:
You Know You're a Writer When/if_____________

Have a great weekend everyone!
BTW sometime next week NY bestselling YA author Jessica Brody will be a guest star on my blog. Stay tuned!


Brenda said...

Ooooh, this is a fun post, Mart.
I have a couple more to add.

You know you're a writer when: you have to pull over in your car to jot down a conversation between your characters.

You know you're a writer when: You're out for dinner with your husband and he has to ask you three times what you are having for dinner. And when he asks where your mind was, you lie because you don't want to hurt his feelings by saying you were thinking of the hot hero in your novel, LOL.

Jim Hartley said...

You know you're a writer when you just typed in a great scene, good dialog, good action, and then discover that you have absolutely no freaking clue what the story is that this scene goes in!

Martha Ramirez said...

Ha ha Brenda! LOL! Hoping ur Hubby doesn't read ur comment :)

LOL Jim! Love the voice.

Good ones! I enjoyed that. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tabitha Blake said...

You know you are a writer when you get writers block and all of a sudden the laundry looks exciting.

You know you are a writer when your characters become some of your very best friends.

You know you are a writer when you tell people you hear voices and don't get locked up.

You know you are a writer when you would rather talk to fictional character than real people.

Okay I will leave it at that. Great idea Mart! This was a lot of fun. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Ashlyn Macnamara said...

Oh, do I hear you on the shower thing. I get idea in the shower all the time. So in that vein:

You know you're a writer when you run out of shampoo because you have to write that idea on the tile before you forget it.

You also know you're a writer when you turn out the light to go to sleep and immediately have to turn it on again, because a great idea just struck you.

You really know you're a writer when you have dark circles under your eyes, because this keeps happening, repeatedly.

And yes, certain letters are worn off my laptop keys.

Dianna L. Gunn said...

You know you're a writer when... there's a video game tournament in the living room and you're sitting inside on your laptop.

You know you're a writer when... you can't sleep at night because your brain is demanding that you write instead.

You know you're a writer when... you live off of caffeine and chocolate for a month. Usually working on your first terrible draft of your next great masterpiece.

I could go on for hours... This is a great post.

Kelly-Writer Girl said...

I love this!

You know you're a writer when your conversations revolve around how to best kill someone, where is a great but not kinky place to have sex and what qualifies a guy as "complicated" as opposed to a douche-bag!

Martha Ramirez said...

Talk about great entertainment! you guys are coming up with some great ones!

Thank you Brenda, Jim, Tabitha,Ashlyn, Dianna, Kelly!!

Daryl said...

you know you're a writer when you start critiquing your emails!

Cindy said...

You know you're a writer when: you have notes written on everything: napkins, empty envelopes, magazine subscription inserts and (yes) toilet paper!
when: you rather stay home with your male hero instead of going out
on a real date.
when: your characters argue with you.

UtM, SherryT said...

Lovely post and responses!
Okay, some duplicates are involved.
You know you're a writer when:

the letters are worn off your keyboard;

you've learned to touch type with one hand while patting a cat with the other;

you keep paper & pen by the bed in case you wake up with an idea;

you browse an old WIP and decide that all of the best lines must have been inserted by someone else and the drunge is yours;

your on-going but imperfect male character is still the most interesting guy in your life;

for plot purposes you decide to inflict that character with a specific injury, then have to call in the experts to learn what would do it;

and you don't feel guilty about it.

Because you're more afraid that when you're out shopping, your character will see you and cross the street just to smack you one.

caseamajor said...

You know you're a writer if...

You Prefer talking to the voices in your head to real people

Its 2pm on a Sunday and you are still in Pjs and decide after the next paragraph to go eat the 5 hour old pancakes for breakfast.

Your family doesn't recognize you with out a monitor in front of your face.

Carrie Ann Ryan said...

Great post!

You know you are a writer when you see something happen in front of you and think "Well David (your character) would have reacted this way or that way!"

Martha Ramirez said...

Too funny!

Thanks Daryl, Cindy, Carrie, Ut,,SherryT, Caseamajor.

You guys are on a roll! Feel free to come back if you think of more:)

Janette Harjo said...

Provocative question!

I would say that you know you're a writer when you wake up in the middle of the night and can not go back to sleep until you go to your office and write down everything that your annoying little muse is telling you!

Tabitha Blake said...

You know you are a writer when you get writers block and blame it on an imaginary being called a muse.

quietspirit said...

You know you're a writer when you start critiquing the newspaper article and correcting the spelling in said paper, any newsletter you receive, and the weather girl's diction. (I've done all these.)

Katherine Knight said...

You know you are a writer when you always find yourself saying, "oh that's good I need to write that down..."

You know you are a writer when you find most of your facebook and twitter statuses contain "WIP", "MS", and "SUB" instead of "LOL", "OMG", and "LMAO"

Martha Ramirez said...

You guys are awesome! Loving ALL of them. Thanks for making this fun!

Sheri Fredricks said...

You've laughed, cried, and yelled - and you're staring at a blank screen.

It's 4pm and you realize you've never taken the time to eat.

You'd rather keep typing than eat.

When books move, but the dust on the furniture doesn't.

Great quips everyone! Great post, Bulldog!!

Martha Ramirez said...

Good ones, Sheri!You guys are all awesome!

Kathy S. Fox said...

Hi Mart,

I read to see if I am a writer, and there's a good chance I am.

You know you're a writer when you can't eat, sleep, bath, or keep your mind focused on anything other than finishing one more chapter...

Nice posts!

Martha Ramirez said...

LOL Kathy. Glad to hear you're a writer:)

Isis Rushdan said...

I have two:

When you dream about your characters.

When your husband buys you a voice recorder to capture your ideas while you're driving to keep you from writing while behind the wheel.

Tammy Barley said...

When you watch ALL the movie credits with pen and paper so you can write down great names for new characters.

You buy a digital voice recorder because constantly pulling over in the car to jot notes looks to the cop who pulls you over that you're intoxicated.

Martha Ramirez said...

Isis--lol dreaming about characters. Yep!

Tammy--I always look at the movie credits!

You all are right on:)

Tory M said...

I came up with one last night:

When you're watching an action movie with lots of fighting and you suddenly get a great idea for a, um, friendly scene and promptly stop paying attentino to the movie.

The dark circles/living off caffeine and chocolate thing someone else posted sounds about right, right about now too.

Martha Ramirez said...

Hi Tory! Yep--and then you have to pause and rewind the movie. Movies tend to spark lots of creative energy:) Love it!

Lynda said...

You feel sorry for the verbally handicapped people in your life who can't create worlds in their head without visual aides and never get all the extra senses, emotions and internalization stuff.

bonniejake said...

Your husband is constantly having to repeat himself, you miss paying bills, and forget what day it is because you're stuck in a world of your own creation.

It's dinner time and your not dressed and all you've eaten is a peanut butter sand which.

You don't leave the house without your notebook and a pen.

You argue with your husband about whether to have a prologue instead of money.

Unknown said...

When you run a hypothetical past someone - "What would happen if a conductor married a first violinist who was going deaf..." - and the person replies in a confused voice, "I don't think anything would happen." and you go around for the next thirty-six hours muttering, "Nothing? NOTHING?? What if one of them was being blackmailed? What if she tried to commit suicide when she found out she was going deaf? What if one of them was an international terrorist? How could it be NOTHING!?!"

When your family knows they'll need to repeat the dinner conversation because you had "that look" on your face.

When ordinary people keep other novels on their desks and nightstands and you keep your complete works of Shakespeare, five books on writing, and multiple blank notebooks.

When you read "you might be a writer if..." posts and think to yourself, "Check, check, check... oh, that's a good idea. Check, check..."

Unknown said...

You can tell because your family knows the names of your characters better than your 'real' friends.

Donna B said...

You know you're a writer when you'd rather spend time with your characters than with your best friend.

Rahima said...

Check, check - oh, yes, that one too!

Here's mine:
You know you're a writer when you spend more time on writing than on your career - and end up taking early retirement so you don't have to bother with the career anymore!

Martha Ramirez said...

Thanks Lynda, BonnieJake, Unknown, Donna B, Rahima! Good ones!

Susanne Drazic said...

You know you're a writer when you spend all day in your pj's, you forget to brush your hair and when you finally look up from the laptop, the clock indicates that hubby will be home from work in 15 minutes!

You know you're a writer when you realize that after a very productive day of writing, you never took time to eat.

Martha Ramirez said...

So true, Susanne!

Zee Monodee said...

You know you're a writer when you pick up the vacuum cleaner just so your mind can click off and process some story ideas in the background! And that's the only way your house gets cleaned, btw!

Martha Ramirez said...

Zee--so true!

Elana Johnson said...

LOL! I agree with this! You know you're a writer if you can talk about books and people wander away from you just to get you to shut up.

Martha Ramirez said...

What a nice surprsie, Elana!
LOL--Yep--yep-Ain't that the truth.

mirriamsmyth said...

LMAO oh wow these are hilarious!

You know you're a writer when you read a published book and notice ALL the telling.

You know you're a writer when, during your commute, you're voicing dialogue for a story.

You know you're a writer when your spouse looks at you and deadpans, "He/she's not even real so why are we talking about this?"

Great post, Mart!

Martha Ramirez said...

So true, Marriam! Thank you so much for stopping by.