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You might be a writer if . . .

In homage to Jeff Foxworthy, I've come up with a writer's version of his classic "You might be a redneck if. . ." (All the ones I've written apply to me. Scary, huh?) And for fun, add your own quirks to the list. Respond to the blog with your own "you might be a writer if. . ."

You might be a writer if. . .

You sleep with pen and paper next to your bed -- and the stove and the couch and the dining table and the shower and the toilet and the. . .

You have a favorite punctuation mark. My editor's trying to wean me off of em dashes -- good luck with that.

You have a favorite pen. Uniball Signo 207 in medium with the comfi-grip in black ink.  Excellent ink coverage. 

You get caught up in plotting your next scene and put the cereal in the fridge, and the milk in the pantry.

The stacks of your old manuscripts and rejection letters officially constitutes a fire hazard.

You desperately want Crayola tub markers so you can write down all that great dialog that comes to you in the shower.

You love restaurants that put a big sheet of paper over the table cloth and leave you with a handful of crayons.

You're talking to a real, living, breathing person and suddenly stop and listen because one of your characters interrupted you.

You think sleep is way overrated. Who needs more than three hours anyway?

Your novels are backed up on your laptop, your husband's laptop, two thumb drives, and you're seriously toying with the idea of getting a safe deposit box.

And finally, you know your a writer if you look at yourself and see a writer. Everyone else looks at you and sees an obsessive-compulsive, anal-retentive insomniac with a pen fetish.

Those are some of mine. Fess up and tell everyone some of yours. ; )

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Doesn't Every *Real* Writer

I always use BIC Black Medium to write. And I already have a strongbox (and fireproof) for manuscripts.

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Funny you should say that, Lisa, about safety deposit boxes. I actually did do just that with my first serious - laboriously revised - novel (not the first to be published). Friends wrenched me protesting from an antique metal typewriter to do a month's tour of the Continent, so after many sleepless nights, I decided to put the MS in a bank vault, just in case the house burned down, or a burglar stole my inspired opus!

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Manuscripts under lock and key

We have a safe in the house, and I put flash drives in there, like you said, just in case.


Dale, I used to buy BIC Black Mediums by the box. Great pen!

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Used to?

Used to?

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Em dashes rule!

What's your editor's objection to them?

Huntington Sharp

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addicted to dashes

I had to change to --- after my ...were dissed. I write only with pens given to me by pharma reps. I don't think I'll be able to scribble notes after they stop giving those out.

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Em dashes

Hi Huntington! I got a bit too happy with em dashes. I'm weaning myself off of them a little -- just a little.

Hi Dale, I like the Signo Uniball better than the BICs because they're gel (smoother ink flow for me). I found out at a conference once that nothing gets a group of writers going like touting the merits of one pen over another. ; )