5 Signs You’re a Writer Not Just a Hack

Signs You're a Writer Do you have any of the 5 Signs You’re a Writer? Then you may have what it takes to be the next J. K. Rowling, James Patterson, or Dave Barry. 24 Signs You’re a Writer

Signs You’re a Writer

  1. Writers zone out in public and get accused of not paying attention. We’re called dreamers, quirky, compulsive, and creative.
  2. We collect words like churlish, debacle, and hootenanny in notebooks to be used at the next opportunity in a short story or novel. Writers discuss punctuation marks like Oxford commas, em dashes, and hyphens with unusual enthusiasm. Ever hear of the Sarcmark, question comma, or acclamation point?

What are some obscure punctuation marks?


  1. Writers constantly think, “That would make a great story.” Even when we’re not writing, we’re thinking about writing. We will jump out of bed to record the latest dream or story idea.

4. Writers see everything that happens as an opportunity. Bad childhood? That’s a wealth of unlimited stories. Lousy boss? Great ideas for character development. Illness? A chance to make your story touch others.

5.Writers view the world differently than everybody else. We pay close attention to people and events, often interrupting conversation to scratch notes on receipts, napkins, Post-Its, and palms.

Do You Think You’re a Writer?

Situation: Imagine you’re at the movie theatre. A lone guy enters and leaves his backpack on the seat in front of you. How would you react?

Teenage girl: That guy’s hot.

Mom: I hope that man doesn’t forget his backpack.

Grandma: Why does that man have a purse?

Usher: Some pain in the butt left his stupid backpack. Now I gotta find him.

Manager: I don’t get paid enough for this shit.

Writer: At 7:12 p.m., a white 25 year old male, 6’3”, wearing a blue hoodie placed a black backpack with grey cording on the seat two rows in front of me. This could be a possible security threat and I must to contact the theater manager immediately.

See what I mean? Writers notice everything!

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  1. Great! I think I’m almost a writer!! Thanks for the checklist!

  2. So true! Rebels in a coup took over the Pan Am layover hotel in Africa after cutting off the heads of the ruling family and using them as footballs. The crew was holed up in one room in fear for their lives for a week. I wished I could have been there for the stories I’d have been able to tell. That’s a writer!

  3. Loved this one! It’s so me! I actually got my husband into a convo about apostrophes! Apostrophes! Yep. Guilty. I’m a writer. ?

    • staceygustafson says

      You are a wordsmith. Your command of the English language is unmatched. Thanks for all the critiques. Lucky to know you! Thanks for everything my friend.

  4. Great list, Stacey. I thought for sure I was the only one who did #2 — I have a notebook and document called “ideas” and I build sentences around these wonderful words I come across!

    • staceygustafson says

      Did you check out the obscure punctuation marks? I never heard of most of those! So interesting.

  5. Also books. A million books.

    A person with a million books… that would make a great story! 🙂

  6. Hi Stacey. I am a writer! I exhibit all the signs. -Molly

  7. Loved this Stacey! There’s not a tissue box in my house that if you look underneath doesn’t say something like “a unique way to die” or “what do cats think about owners putting them on Facebook and Instagram?” And in between “milk” and “shredded wheat” on my grocery list is scrawled, “8 types of women with coupon apps” in black eyeliner pencil. Why don’t writers ever have a pen or actual paper? Lol.

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