When you know you are a Serious Writer
Here is a fun read to welcome in the weekend. From the folks at Writer’s Relief, an agency that helps writers prepare and submit their work, here is something so true, you cannot help but laugh.
Here are some other telltale signs that you’re a creative writer who is determined to make it:
1. You know what NaNoWriMo means.
2. Your pockets/purse/car caddy are overflowing with scribbled napkins of dialogue.
3. You surreptitiously check out other people’s bookshelves instead of their medicine cabinets.
4. You’ve turned the woman down the street into a hit man’s wife in your head/novel, and now you’re scared to walk past her house.
5. The “t” and “r” on your keyboard are pretty much toast.
6. The people who work at the local bookstore know your name. And you’ve been reprimanded more than once for moving your own books to more prominent locations.
7. You’re frequently spotted staring off into the distance with your lips moving and your eyes slightly crossed…
8. You find a copy of your paranormal erotic romance novel at the nursing home when you visit Grandma.
9. Your work clothes consist of sweatpants and bunny slippers, and your commute is about twenty seconds from coffeepot to computer.
10. Your mail carrier gets nervous when he sees you running toward him each afternoon…in sweatpants and bunny slippers.
11.You’ve been banned from the local coffee spot for stealing pens and eavesdropping on conversations.
12. You find yourself considering copyrighting your emails and Twitter posts.
13. Your family members no longer consider your writing to be a “phase.” Best of all, Aunt Judy has finally stopped asking when you’re going to get a real job.
But when it comes down to it, Stephen King has it right:
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. —Stephen King
Hope you have a relaxing weekend. Thank you to everyone who has made the launch month for Ashbar – Wycaan Master Book 3 such a success. If you have read it (or any of my novels), please take a few minutes over the weekend and leave a review on Amazon.com. Reviews are an important component in Amazon’s ranking. Thank you.
Alon Shalev is the author of the 2013 Eric Hoffer YA Book Award winner, At The Walls of Galbrieth, The First Decree, and Ashbar – Wycaan Master Book 3, all released by Tourmaline Books. Shalev is also the author of three social justice-themed novels including Unwanted Heroes. He swears there is a connection. More at http://www.alonshalev.com and on Twitter (@elfwriter).
Reblogged this on Von Simeon and commented:
I’ll add, you hang about when arguments erupt, to capture the tension and emulate it in a fight scene.
One more: When you’re at your dayjob getting reamed out by someone in management, you’re memorizing every facial tic and mannerism for your next antagonist.
I have most of the symptoms listed above with the exception of the notoriety at the local book store. My home town no longer has a book store. I am still grieving the loss!
How about being at dinner with someone you know well, but paying more attention to the strangers sitting around you, so that when you get home you can write down an extremely detailed description of their mannerisms, clothing, hairstyles, food and drink preferences, and interactions?