Friday, January 22, 2010

You Might be a Writer if...

I'm sure I'm not the first one to do this, but I couldn't resist giving it a try. the style of Jeff Foxworthy, I humbly present:

You might be a writer if...

- You own multiple baby name books, even though you have no children

- You think it's perfectly acceptable to eavesdrop and record strangers conversations for 'dialogue research'

- You can't imagine life without a laptop

- You have notebooks and pens hidden in your house, car, purse/wallet and still have to scribble things on a napkin half the time

- Waking up in the middle of the night to write down a dream is a common occurrence.

- You are not bothered at all by having 'followers.' In fact, you seek them out and are constantly checking to see how many little pictures are on your blog or Twitter

- You could spend all day in a bookstore and still not be ready to leave

- Your first thought when you heard about Oprah retiring was, "what will happen to her book club?"

- You refer to people as 'Alphas' and 'Betas' even though you're not greek or in a Fraternity or Sorority

- You know what WIP and CP stand for

- You've ever considered making a deal with the universe

- You hear voices in your head and they don't scare you. In fact, you listen to them.

...and finally...

- You've ever practiced your signature for book signings
 (c'mon, you KNOW you've done it)


Did I miss any?
If you can think of one leave it in the comments, I'd love to read it.


  1. HaHAHAHAHAHAH! Love it!

    You might be a writer if you have burnt dinner more than once because you just had to nip back to the computer and write one more sentence. That was half an hour ago. Smoke alarms remind you of the time :)

  2. lol!! Oh yeah! What a great list!

  3. Well, you've got me with the voices thing. How crazy is it not only to listen but to actively seek them out? Funny post!!

  4. Nice! Every single one of those things is me...except I have never practiced my signature...I dont know why...

  5. I think you just described me! Before I got my agent, I talked to myself (all the time) wondering what I'd say when I got "the call", acting it out like a crazy person!

    Then after I got my(wonderful and sparkly)agent, I did the same waiting on "the deal", acting out what I'd say to my new editor! Both were/are so amazing and nice I still can't believe it!

    I think sometimes, if you can picture it in your head (or in my case have actual conversations with yourself), it CAN happen!

    This was a funny and honest post! I'm glad I'm not the only crazy writer out there! :)

    xoxo -- Hilary

  6. Love this in so many ways I can barely list them all!

    Obviously I have been a writer for much longer than I thought... ;o)

    I am with Tabitha. though my husband has said that if it is a supper-writing-night= he will pick it up or have cereal.

    oh the signature thing - Shannon I have changed all kinds of ways to write my name when it comes to signing! lol glad to here that I am not insane!

    Great post - good to see your words on the screen ;o)

  7. Love these! Especially the first one. It felt incredibly awkward when I bought a baby name book because I'm eighteen...

    I didn't help that I bought a mound of chocolate at the same time. The lady at the check-out counter looked suspicious!

  8. My favorite baby name book is What NOT to Name Your Baby.

    Practicing my signature, I have never down that, but I am now! Gosh, to think what it would've looked like if I hadn't.

  9. I practiced The Call so many times that it's kind of embarrassing. And then got on The Call and forgot what I was going to say.

  10. Ha! Nice. I've never practiced my sig. for book signings, but I have a quick, loopy one, so it'll be a breeze. :)

    What would I add?

    - In your mind, images turn into words all the time.
    - You can carry on a conversation while secretly figuring out how to work the other person into your stories.
    - Your characters sometimes seem more real than your coworkers.

  11. LOL that was great! At least now I know others have the same weird tendencies!

  12. These are so good and I have done every single one of them. *blush*

    If I was shameless, I'd add doing a fake run-through of a signing. But I'm not shameless so I can't say *that*. Obviously.

  13. Hi Shannon! Followed a link from Heather's blog, and I felt the need to add one to your list...

    You self-narrate your life as you go about doing perfectly ordinary things such as making dinner or driving to work.

  14. Next time you ask us what one of our favorite posts is, this is mine! LOL! I love this post, Shannon. I love the Oprah, followers, and pens/notebook lines the best. AWESOME! :-)

  15. Hahaha great list!

    And yes, you've found me out. I practice my signature -sighs- One day...

  16. Do we have to admit how many "yup, that's me" votes we get??? No. Good. Okay then :)

  17. How about, you have a tendency to narrate even mundane life events around you?

    Just Another Sarah visited Shannon Messenger's blog page. She read the blog, and laughed at how accurate it was. She scrolled down, hoping that she, too, could leave a comment.

    I love these kind of lists!

  19. Great post - so true!! You know your a writer if...

    you analyze movies and books in ways non-writers do!

    Great list :o)

  20. This is an awesome list and all too true...except for the practing the signature thing. I can't say I've ever done that but I see now that's an oversight that needs to be corrected immediately! :)

  21. Love this post!!! I too have never practiced my signature though. Mainly because I practiced it so many times before I got married. (What?!?! You never practiced signing your NEW last name? Ok so yeah I'm a dork!)

  22. Did you make up all of these yourself? I think my favorite is the one about the Betas and Gammas. :)

  23. Ah, but can you sign your name backwards? Great list ;)

  24. I have a gift for you on my blog :)

  25. I laughed when I saw the first one. I didn't know it was so common for writers to have baby name books. I have two and LOVE using them!

  26. LOL! These are all so true! When my friend got pregnant I told her I had the best baby name book ever and she was like "why do you have a baby name book?" I told her it was for writing and she just stared at me like I was crazy!

    I gave you a blog award today! Check it out! I Should Be Writing

  27. Those are SO true! It's great to know that I'm not the only insane writer out there! Yeah! Those are great!!! ;-)


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