You are a writer if…
5.) You think the characters you write about are real
You are sadly mistaken. MINE are real. I eat breakfast with them everyday and they cheer me up when I get home from work. At night, we sip tea together and when I fall asleep with my laptop in bed, they tuck me in.
4.) All you see are stories. And all the people you meet are like characters from a book or you think about them as potential characters for your stories/books
Hmmmm, this one is tough… Are you telling me that when I sit outside the coffee shop and “people watch” that I am actually looking at them as characters for a story? Or that I am thinking of stories to put these people into? You mean that I am constantly humming up stories as life passes me by? Are you actually indicating that I pay attention to the world around me and that I notice all the stuff going on like the way that lady’s hair bobs up and down as she walks or the way that old guy has a funny little limp cuz maybe he had a door slammed on his ankle when he was a child..? What the hell are you getting at? This is some freaky shit! No way in hell is my mind as convoluted as THAT!! Oh hell no, you did not just insinuate that my mind is a freak show!! The circus did not come into my town!! (Deep breaths, shake off some shivers, close eyes and rub temples, lots of sighs) But, yes, that does, happen, sometimes, here and there…on occasion, possibly… EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!!
3.) You read more than the average human being
Like how much more? Can you please quantify that for me?
Like you don’t shower, eat, or get out of bed just cuz you wanna keep reading! You don’t cook, clean, or even leave the damn house so as not to interrupt your reading! You stay in your damn pajamas all day, barely even getting up to use the bathroom and that’s only because nature has really got a hold of you then!! You don’t answer the door, you don’t pick up the phone, you don’t text back, you don’t even click on the TV! You stay up hella late, reading, reading, reading and then you DREAM about it! You go so far as if to feel like you are LIVING in the damn book! You neglect the world around you, you don’t think about your loved ones…(whimpers)
Mmmm, I see…well, I guess with that kind of description…CHECK!
2.) You have stories inside you
Ha, ha, ha, ha! Nope, you are not getting me on this one! All I have in me right now is my breakfast: one egg, fake bacon, and a slice of whole wheat with peanut butter. I drank some hot tea, but it warmed up me too much that I started sweatin’, feeling like I was starting to cook from the inside. I thought the sweat coming out of me was like little tea drops, jasmine flavor because that is what I was drinking. One of them slid down my forehead, like going down a slide and probably yelled, “Yippeee!” as it cruised off my nose and splashed on to my hands. Then it waved at me with its little tea drop fingers curling up and down, a big tea smile on its face…Oh…FUCK…
1.) You neglect your hygiene when THE writing has a hold on you
Just so you know, you are really creeping me out right now
Oh, how’s that?
Neglect hygiene? REALLY?
I am a very clean person, you know that. I can’t go without brushing my teeth
Have you brushed them today?
No, not yet, I just ate, remember?
Uh-huh, so when did you shower?
…I will get to it…today for sure
Did you know it’s almost afternoon and you are still in PJs?
They’re comfortable dammit! You think I wanna be all up in here wearing a suit? A freakin’ power suit right now? You gotta be kiddin’ me!!
Sure, so how’s your hair? When did you last put on makeup? Have you thought about jewelry? Got a bra on? Are you still wearing yesterday’s underwear?
FUUUUUUUCK! How you bug!! Who the hell are you??
Only the voice inside your head
Well, get the fuck out! What the hell are you doing in there?
Just being the other sign that you are a writer
No, I am not! Get outta here! Take all your crap and get outta here!
You really want that? You know what will happen if I go…
Yeah, I know exactly what will happen! It’ll be QUIET!!!
…Oh I guess it really left. Wow, this is nice. Silence. Now I can enjoy my own thoughts… Uh, hello, brain? Are you there brain? Total silence, weird…Wow, can’t remember the last time it was like this…blank page on the screen…Hmmm, I wonder what I …
Should write about??
AAAHHHHHHH!!! You again!! Dammit, dammit, dammit!!
Accept it, you are a writer.