13 signs that you might be an aspiring writer.
Rashenbo Edition #5
I'm an aspiring writer and I thought for this week's 13 I'd come up with a few of the little signs that identify an aspiring writer.
1. NaNoWriMo: You know what this is, what it means, and when it happens. You also save up sick or vacation time so that you can properly participate.
2. You have nightmares of a literary agent calling you a nitwit and swinging a giant bat that leaves an imprint of "show don't tell" on your forehead.
3. You dream about literary agents.
4. You find yourself googling the oddest things to research for your novel... like "does a giant anteater smell musky?" Yup, that's one of the things I googled today, how bout you?
5. You find yourself lurking on writing forums and websites like Miss Snark, Absolute Write, Backspace, Writing.com, TheNextBigWriter, Writer Beware... and about half a dozen others.
6. Not only do you know the difference between passive and active voice, but you find yourself debating in the forums about the role of the "to be" verbs. You find it fun and exhilarating. Your friends think it's sad.
7. You find yourself counting how many "was" "had" and other "to be" verbs are in the current book you are reading.
8. You think the Alpha Smart is really cool and you just KNOW that it would like, totally help you write more.
9. You can't wait to write your first query letter, synopsis, etc. In fact, you've already got a couple written, even though you aren't done with your manuscript yet. You know this is a no-no and you have it ready anyway.
10. Instead of a list of favorite celebrities you'd like to meet one day, you've got a "my most desired literary agent" list. You regularly check agent websites and agent query to update your list.
11. You find yourself constantly playing "what if" and developing story ideas.
12. You look at a beautiful sunrise and your first thought is, "hmmm, what words would I use to describe this in my story."
13. You've got half a dozen books on how to write books sitting on your bookshelf... and you've read each one.