How Do You Know You're a Writer?
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The keynote speaker that year was Joshilyn Jackson, and she reminded us that only crazy people try to write. Why? Well, if you're a writer, you:
- Spend most of your day alone, typing (or staring) at a keyboard
- Examine mundane objects trying to create a new and exciting way to describe them
- Venture out in public to analyze the behavior of normal people (you do this everywhere you go, actually)
- Wake up in the middle of the night with the most amazing prose running through your brain
- Get up and write down those musings in the middle of the night or pray that you'll remember them by morning
- Do not remember those musings by morning, of course, because you're awake
- Live in an imaginary world where everyone behaves as you expect them to ... well, sort of
- Love your characters more when they do something you didn't expect and hijack your story for a while (see point above)
- Wonder what other people do with all the free time they must have
- Try not to act like a crazy person when you finally get to talk to an agent about your work
- Read books noticing all of the mistakes in point of view and adverb over usage, wondering why that author got published anyway
What makes you a writer? Or if you're normal, what makes you what you are?