Why do this? Writers are notoriously subtle creatures and often benefit from a good reflection now and then.
So here we go with a list of different mirrors. If any of them resonate then you may have an inner writer after all.
You might be a writer if…
- When telling friends about your root canal, you recite the event in three acts, with you as the hero and the oral surgeon as the evil villain
- You think being social means posting to Facebook once a month
- Your idea of “dinner out” is a trip to your dining room
- You have a picture of an old typewriter over your desk
- You have an actual old typewriter on your desk
Actually, I could go on, but there are several blogs that have done these lists before. And honestly, they are mildly humorous only to writers who recognize the hyperbole in themselves.
For me, I don’t buy into stereotypes too much. Since the age of fifteen, I have always considered myself a writer. But what is it that made me think so?
I could tell stories. I liked telling stories. In fact, I thrived on telling stories. Even the most innocuous event, when told properly, could be a compelling story. Okay, so some of the bullets above apply to me, but not all. Those who know me can likely guess which ones.
It wasn’t just about telling stories, it was about entertaining the listener. I found an interesting paradox within myself at age 15. I was painfully shy in most social circumstances, including classrooms at school. But during our creative writing section, I was always the first to volunteer to read my story aloud to the class. Those few stories were likely all the talking I’d done in class that semester, but I had no fear. My shyness disappeared while I read and observed the reactions around me. My first real audience.
Now I’m sure those early stories were horrible, not in the genre sense, because I tended to write horror stories back then, but in the sense that I didn’t know proper “craft” or narrative structure. But I did thrive on using words to move an audience. I had passion for story telling. And at the time, that was enough for me.
So, that is why I know I’m a writer. There are far more signs and evidence to consider and everyone arrives at the realization in different ways.
If you do not consider a writer, are you sure? Do you like telling stories? Do you have a decent vocabulary? Do you enjoy reading? If so, you may have an inner writer you’re neglecting.
If you are an admitted writer, when did you first realize you were a writer? What signs led you to that discovery? Are you actually writing, or just thinking about writing?