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  • Writer's pictureJayna Newbold

BURGLED! (you know you're a writer when . . . )

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

Dear Hearts:

I would love to have taken credit for writing these "signs".

But I cannot.

Because I did not.

I flat out stole the copy below, word for word, from the blog of one Kay Dacus at

Although I have always posted my original material on here - and will continue to do so - this list is so funny, TRUE, and encouraging, I had to share it right here on my own blog.

It is titled “Signs You Might Be Afflicted with the Condition Known as WRITER”:

  • You would rather talk to the voices in your head than the person sitting next to you.

  • You know the research librarian’s office, cell, and home phone numbers but can’t remember your own.

  • Some of the letters on your keyboard are completely worn off.

  • You would rather write than go out.

  • Your/you’re and their/there/they’re errors send you into an apoplectic fit.

  • You get cranky if you don’t get to write.

  • You’ve ever said, “The voices are getting louder; I must go write.”

  • When talking with others, you mentally edit their dialogue and compose tags and beats.

  • You’ve heard/seen something and thought, I need to write that down.

  • You’ve ever written a scene, outline, synopsis, or character sketch on a restaurant napkin . . . and it wasn’t a paper napkin.

  • You wake up in the middle of the night and scrabble for the pen and paper you keep next to your bed to write down a scene to make the voices be quiet so you can get some sleep.

  • You end an argument with your spouse by saying, “Oh, wait, I have to write this down–this is the perfect conflict for my characters! Now, repeat what you just yelled.”

  • Getting the scene finished is more important than food, coffee, or the bathroom.

  • You have a momentary reality lapse and mention your characters’ situation as a prayer request in Sunday school.

  • A blank wall becomes the screen where the scene you’re writing takes place right in front of your eyes.

  • The easiest way for you to deal with conflict is to go home and write it into your story.

  • You have filed and cross-referenced every issue of The Writer and Writer’s Digest you’ve ever received.

  • You purposely eavesdrop when out in public.

  • At parties, your method of making conversation is to discover people in the room with interesting occupations (preferably your hero’s or heroine’s) so you can conduct research.

  • You listen to the writer’s commentary on every DVD so that you can analyze his/her writing process.

  • You have a favorite line from every movie you’ve seen.

  • You can’t write because you’re mad at one of your characters.

  • You argue with said character.

  • You have a folder on your computer labeled “Ideas.” Some of the files within this folder have only one or two words or sentences and while they made perfect sense fifteen years ago, between the software changes in that period of time garbling half the words and your own faulty memory, you have no idea what it means or where you were going with it. But you keep it anyway because you never know, you might remember it eventually.

  • You drive three hours to a city where you don’t know anyone, spend another three hours driving around the city, then drive three hours home and decide NOT to set your story there.

Dear Hearts: If you identify with any of these burgled behaviors - or simply so much as enjoyed them - send Kay a hearty “Thank you!”

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