Published on 3rd Feb., 2018

You Know You're a Writer When…

Most writers, regardless of their niche or genre, share several unique traits and habits.

Things like keeping a notebook beside your bed and writing in the dark or getting revenge against your enemy by turning them into a villain in your next novel. There are plenty of thought patterns that set writers apart from non-writers. As you read this list, keep count of how many are true for you. We won't be surprised if it's almost all of them!

You know you're a writer when…

You own dozens of pens and pencils… and yet you continue to buy more.

You have more blank notebooks than you could fill in a lifetime… and yet you continue to buy more.

Your friends and family buy you new pens and notebooks for every birthday and Christmas.

You take notes whenever you overhear an interesting conversation.

You take hour-long showers without meaning to because you get lost in brainstorming.

You can never drink enough coffee or tea.

Your friends are always asking you to edit their school applications, resumes, and cover letters.

You keep a list of names that would be great for future characters.

You have procrastination down to a science.

You have half-formed ideas scattered throughout your computer, writing apps, and notebooks.

You think about how a life experience will make a great article/short story/memoir before the experience is even over.

You wouldn't dare admit it, but sometimes you care about your characters more than real people.

You meet someone with a fascinating career or hobby and you can't stop asking them questions.

Your loved ones know not to bother you in November because it's National Novel Writing Month.

You have sticky notes with random phrases and names all over your house.

Your internet search history looks highly suspicious so you've gotten in the habit of clearing it regularly.

You save every two minutes, without fail, when you're writing on your computer.

You tend to embellish stories a little more every time you tell them.

You're known as the grammar police in your group of friends but you don't mind at all.

You can write anytime, anywhere when an idea strikes. During lunch break, at the dinner table, even while you're walking down the street.

You get withdrawal symptoms when you haven't written in a day or two.

Robyn Petrik is a freelance writer from Vancouver, Canada, and specializes in writing blog posts and social media content for creative small businesses. Along with writing, she also spends time painting on her iPad, reading, hiking, and eating too much peanut butter. You can learn more about Robyn at and connect with her on Twitter.

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