Friday, June 4, 2010

"If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read."
- Giacomo Casanova (Pliny the Younger interpretation)


Earwen had this most interesting post which I had to bring to your attention. :D
Here are some of my favorites: (with my comments in []) :)

You know you’re a writer when…

You can’t read a book or watch a movie without thoroughly analyzing each character

• You find yourself critiquing books you read

• You know at least four synonyms for every word (Face - countenance, visage, features).
[Ahem. Or you secretly use a *shhhh* thesaurus and never, ever tell anyone.]

• You have more pens, pencils, and scraps of paper on your person than a ninja has weapons

• You get so wrapped up in stories that you find yourself talking to them (“How COULD he???” “What were you THINKING?” “This story is AWFUL!” “I wonder if they wrote any more books…”)

• You think you should invest in a cell pone or bluetooth so you can talk to your characters but nobody will give you strange stares

• You spend entire days talking, dressing, and acting like a character to ‘get inside their head’

• You automatically use your pen name more than your real one

• You have more character files than the FBI

• You would rather talk to your characters than the person sitting by you

• You’re upset because you grew up in a normal family with two parents, five kids, and a dog. What a gyp.

• You simply smile and nod when people say ‘you’re crazy’ because you know it and you’re proud of it

• You keep every notebook you’ve ever had with writing it because one of them might spark an idea some day

• You have notebook stuffed with funny, witty, or clever lines that you will change a little and use yourself (It is NOT plagiarism!!)

• You go into fits watching someone write with bad grammar

• You find yourself talking about your characters as if they were real. “So-and-so said… uh, I mean, I wrote…”
[*blush* and then people look at you really weird]

• You can’t stand it when nobody ever ‘says’ anything, it’s always ‘he retorted’ ‘she growled’ ‘he snorted’ ‘she pouted’ [Very distracting!]

• You can’t stand it when all anybody ever does is SAY things – ‘she said’ ‘he said’

• You’re always on the lookout for real models for your characters

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

• 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 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 someone by saying, “Oh, wait, I have to write this down–this is the perfect conflict for my characters! Now, repeat what you just yelled.”

[You think this is the most perfect quote ever, lol :D ]

Will: You lied . . .
Chaucer: Yes . . . yes I lied. I’m a writer, I give the truth scope!

• You know the difference between metaphor, allegory, and analogy—and you use all of them.

• The thought of sharing a computer with someone else horrifies you. What if they accidentally download a virus? What if they change the settings in Word? WHAT IF THEY READ MY STUFF???

• You live in a constant state of “What if?”


How about...

-Whenever something bad or just plain annoying happens to you, you think, "Oh, well, it'll make a good story."

- Your exercise time is filled with your story - you find yourself running against the clock thinking, "He's bleeding to death! Hurry, faster! You have to get help!" or whatever your main character's latest escapade is. (And you realize your characters are so much more in shape than you are that it's not even funny. :P :D )

-Research for your story is always fascinating and memorable, even though you cannot remember facts and dates to save your life.
- "That would make an amazing story!" is constantly running through your brain.

Go check out the rest of Earwen's and tell me, how do you know you're a writer? :)

And then, because it seems everyone likes Calvin and Hobbes:

7 thoughts shared:

Katherine said...

Oooh I like this!! Might do it, thanks for spreading!

blessings!
Katherine

Jessica said...

Oh these are soooooooo true! It is funny. I was just reading some of my school material the other day and I had to laugh at some of the basic instructions becuase I am already doing them. :D Writing and I were meant to be.

Merriette said...

Neat! These are the ones that fit me perfectly:

You can't read a book or watch a movie without thoroughly analyzing each character.

You find yourself critiquing books you read.

You know at least four synonyms for every word.

You tend to stick pencils in your hair, then forget about them and walk around looking for something to write with.

You get so wrapped up in stories that you find yourself talking to them (“How COULD he???” “What were you THINKING?” “This story is AWFUL!” “I wonder if they wrote any more books…”)

You automatically use your pen name more than your real name.

You simply smile and nod when people say "you're crazy" because you know it and you're proud of it.

You keep every notebook you've ever had with writing in it because one of them might spark an idea some day.

You start a book/movie and instantly know who is going to die and who will survive.

Few people like to watch movies with you because you talk through the whole thing, pointing out mistakes, laughing, crying, and over-reacting. (Though I can curb this if need be.)

You go into fits watching someone write with bad grammar.

You find yourself talking about your characters as if they were real. (ALL the time)

You can't stand it when nobody ever 'says' anything--it's always 'he retorted' 'she growled' 'he snorted' 'she pouted'

You can't stand it when all anybody ever does is SAY things - 'she said' 'he said.'

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

You can't write because your mad at one of your characters. (Usually Arad)

You argue with said character. (The only problem is that they often refuse to argue back so we can't get anywhere.)

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. (This happened just a couple days ago, actually)

You finish the first draft of your novel and have a few weeks of emotional letdown, when you can’t think straight, feel like you just lost a whole group of your best friends, and wonder if you’ll ever have the inspiration to write again.

You find yourself inventing a detailed backstory for every person you meet at the grocery store and/or mall.

Whenever something bad or just plain annoying happens to you, you think, "Oh well, it'll make a good story."

Research for your story is always fascinating and memorable, even though you cannot remember facts and dates to save your life.

A good piece of music always inspires a story.



Thanks for sharing this, Katherine!

Maggie said...

A handful of those things relate to me. I actually keep a flashlight, notebook, and two pens (you never know when a pen will run out of ink) under my bed incase I have a dream that could make a great story. :)

Blessings,
Maggie
www.foreverfindingmybliss.blogspot.com

Katherine Sophia said...

You're welcome, Katherine! That would be fun! :)

Go, Jessica! :D Ok, I'm just excited for you. :)

You're welcome, Merriette! I love it: "The only problem is that they often refuse to argue back so we can't get anywhere." Isn't that awful? :) And Yes! Music is definitely an inspiration!

Oh, I wish I would get a dream-inspired story, Maggie... I have had story-inspired dreams, but usually I forget dreams before I wake up enough to realize I've had them. :D

Milli said...

I love this list! Some of them are true:D

Katherine Sophia said...

I think being a writer is a little different for each person - there just has to be the main overpowering tendancy to write. :D But it's always fun to see what else we have in common! :)

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