Is everyone else you know currently eating, drinking, sleeping, partying, holidaying, yet you’re at your desk?
Are there a dozen other things you’d honestly rather be doing, and yet you’re still at your desk?
Did you have no time to start this book/film/story but you kind of couldn’t stop yourself and now you have to see it through – all the way through?
Are you amazed when people say :
“I love writing” (because you love having written)
“the characters write themselves” (because you have to do all the typing and it pisses you off)
“I’ve got a great story for you” (trust me, you haven’t)
Are you a brilliant cook/gardener/house-tidier/accounts-doer (ie procrastinator)?
Do you think lists like this are about the idea of being a writer rather than actually writing?
Yes? Me too. Which is why I’m writing now, not reading a blog/book/attending a class/watching another writer talk about being a writer.
How to tell if you’re a writer? Write.