Ten Signs You May Be A Writer

by - Thursday, June 02, 2016

by Alanna Rusnak

Writers move to their own beat and it's only through accepting their personal rhythm and embracing the call that they can feel ready to proudly say, "I AM WRITER, HEAR ME ROAR TYPE!"

No one can tell you you're a writer. Only YOU can make that claim.

But there are a few indicators that might help you realize your own truth... 

10 signs you may be a writer - story matters - blank spaces blog1. You view everyone as a potential character.  Inspiration is everywhere: in every conversation, in every moment you eavesdrop on, in the colour of someone's hair or the texture of their skin, it is in every single person that has ever crossed your path ever in the entirety of your life. No one is safe from the workings of your imagination (though your job, as writer, is to make them feel safe even as you suck ideas from them like a vampire).

2. You LOVE words and one of your great joys is manipulating them to provoke feelings in others. You mentally punch the sky in victory any time someone tells you they have laughed or cried or had nightmares or been inspired by anything you wrote because all you want is to move people with your WORDS!

3. You study nuances - so while the person you're speaking with may think you're deeply engrossed in the conversation, you're really memorizing the crinkle by their eyes and the way their lip catches on that one crooked tooth and how their hair moves when the door opens and that their jacket smells like Axe Body Spray.

4. You read. A lot. And you buy more books than you need. And when you're not buying books, you're dreaming about buying books and you think true happiness would be living in the library from Beauty & The Beast.

5. A trip to the bookstore is a bi-polar experience. While you feel completely at home among the shelves of beautiful tomes (among which you may or may not burst into the same song Belle sang in the village bookshop), you also wish there was an entire shelf with your name on it and this causes you to jump back and forth between daydream euphoria and unequivocal self-doubt.

6. You ALWAYS read the author bio.  Because why are they so special that they got published? How are they better than you? Or - more honestly - how are you better than them?

7. You are NEVER without a notebook. Because you never know when inspiration will strike and if you don't have immediate access to pen and paper you know you will surely die hating yourself for losing the very idea that would have thrust you into the beautifully blinding spotlight of success.

8. You proofread everything. Books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, signs, your children's homework, your own to-do lists... because you LOVE WORDS and the idea of them being abused makes you want to punch a wall (just as the idea that you might ever put your own mistakes into the public eye makes you long for a toilet to lean over).

9. You have the kind of emotional capacity that others envy. You feel things more deeply and you experience the world with a wider heart. You know it's important to remember each phase of each feeling so you can someday express them perfectly through a character you probably haven't even created yet.

10. You have celebrity crushes. On writers. Because anyone who can spin words with such poetic genius... *swoon*

And a bonus...

You write! A writer writes! Being a writer doesn't mean you're getting paid or recognized. It doesn't mean your name fills the shelves of a prestigious bookstore or that people line up to let you scribble across the inside cover of a masterpiece. A writer writes! Own it! Be proud! And go write!

Do you write? Then you're a writer!

I can't wait to read your stuff!

Alanna Rusnak is an author, a blogger, and a seeker of the extraordinary. Living with her husband, three children, and an overweight cat (who's kind of an idiot), on a small patch of untamable land in Southwestern Ontario. Trying to do it all with some measure of grace. (She is also the founder and Editor-In-Chief of this pretty little magazine!) [author website, twitter, facebook, instagram]

You May Also Like


  1. I love this article! It describes me to a t!

    1. Well, Cynthia, consider yourself in good (albeit weird) company!

  2. In spite of the fact that you might be to some degree constrained by the plan of your living quarters, there is constantly some place that you can include a divider rack for included stockpiling. They come in various styles and materials. Buy wall shelves

  3. You forgot to mention "You listen to others' conversations when you are at a restaurant or coffee shop." My hubby thinks it's terrible that I do that, but I have heard some amazing things & some of it is in my debut novel! ;-)
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador: http:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉 ❤ 😉

    1. Oh, you're so right! The things you can overhear! Amazing material :)

  4. Yes, these are important aspects of the life of the writer. Literature is my passion. But I don't know how to write without errors. Fortunately, this site 99papers.com helps me if you need an essay or coursework. But for other written work my skill enough.

  5. Yeah, you know, several times I just have asked myself this question when I was pondering on the topic for my dissertation. I was literally difficult to describe in one sentence the topic of my research work. That is why I decided to read some dissertations review in the Internet and found this https://academic-consultants.com/research-paper-writing/ which actually helped me in this difficult matter.

  6. You left me wowed, I feel luck I found your website. Keep producing the great contentCoursework Editing Consultancy
    Coursework Editing Consultancy

  7. In the meantime, if a writer can't differentiate between when to utilize your and you're or its and it's, it will be a deterrent to accomplishing a higher pays scale. writing apps 2018

  8. The blog post is great. The article talks about the ten signs you may be a writer. There are many people who would like to become professionals in writing. They can choose to read the article because it offers many tips on becoming a writer.

  9. I agree that a second pair of eyes is absolutely essential to avoid rejections. Through WordsRU.com I was able to get top class editing and proofreading, manuscript critique. They also write excellent author profiles and book synopsis, so pretty much the entire package.

    Academic Editing and Proofreading Services
    Academic Editing Services
    Academic Proofreading Services
    Article Editing Services
    Article Writing Services
    Journal Article Editing Services
    Book Editing Services
    Book writing Services

  10. Learning to proofread your work yourself is a a must-have skill. But, it always helps to have a second pair of eyes review your work to make sure you haven't missed embarassing typos, or grammatical and syntactical errors. I'd suggest WordsRU.com for this. It also saves you a lot of time to have your work formatted according to the right style. Saves you a lot of time and allows you to focus on your work.

    Proofreading Services For Business
    Research Paper Writing Services
    Children's Book Editing Services
    Children's Book Writing Services
    Scientific Editing Services
    Business Reports Editing
    Technical Editing Services
    Editing Services For Business


Thanks for visiting!

© Alanna Rusnak Publishing est. 2016 and Blank Spaces Magazine