One of the worst things a writer can do is waste time wondering if he should write.
Does it stem from insecurity?
Or a simple desire for purpose?
Those questions may have multiple answers depending on the time of day and the latest rejection letter. But figuring out whether or not you’re a real, live writer doesn’t have to be terribly complicated. If any of the signs below apply, you just might be a writer.
- You love to write. You write messages to go along with greeting cards because they just don’t quite say it the right way. You can often be found leaving little notes around for others.
- You have something to say. Not all writers have something to say, mind you, but the good ones do. You have thoughts, ideas, and stories to share. Please note this may not always be clear and may take some time to find.
- You like to read. It’s not a prerequisite to being a writer, but enjoying reading does show an appreciation for the thoughts, ideas, and stories of others. They inspire, and the true writer can take their appreciation of a good book into their own work making it better and helping it grow.
- You see stories and meaning in the smallest of things. Does your mind wander sometimes when people are talking to you? Do you see a butterfly land on your car and think of things like love, hope, or starting over? Does your imagination keep dull days from draining you? This might surprise you, but not everybody thinks that way. Finding meaning in things that others overlook can be a sign you should be a writer.
- You can’t stop. If you can put away the keyboard and never write again or silence the words swirling in your head, then writing may not be for you. True writers must write. It’s like breathing air, and although they can take a break from it, then can never totally walk away.
This list isn’t definitive, but maybe it will give you some assurance. One of the most wasteful things a writer can do is spend time wondering if they’re a writer instead of actually writing.