This was inspired by similar lists I’ve seen on Facebook. Feel free to add your own.
1. Every person you meet is a potential character.
2. You’re angry, so you write a really violent death scene.
3. You catch yourself thinking in narration.
4. You don’t daydream. You plot.
5. If your house was burning, you’d save your flashdrive, a notebook, and a pencil to jot down notes. I mean, come on. Actually witnessing a house fire? That’ll really give any potential fire scenes a sense of authenticity.
6. You chasten the TV or a book because someone acted out of character, there was a weak sentence construction, or you found a continuity error.
7. Characters often feel more real to you than real people.
8. You accidentally call someone by the name of one of your characters.
9. You jump out of bed on a freezing cold night, fumble for a pencil and notecard on your desk, and jot down a quote/plot idea that occurred to you as you were dreaming or drifting off.
10. You get super excited when a new Writer’s Digest arrives in the mail. (Squealing optional.)
11. You simultaneously expect awful reviews and hope for glowing ones.
12. You’d rather have a paragraph of helpful criticism than a sentence of useless praise.
13. Your parents attempt to console you anytime something goes wrong by saying, “You can put it in a novel someday.”
14. You rewrite the endings to books that displeased you.
15. You dream about your stories. Sad yet true.
16. You jot down interesting bits of conversation you hear in the hallways.
17. You look forward to rejection letters, because at least that means they read it.
18. You congratulate other writers who’ve been published and mean it. If they did it, you can do it, and the world can never have too many stories.
19. You look at the world with fresh eyes every day, imagining how to convert your life to words.
20. You are very rarely bored.