Thursday, August 22, 2013

Checklist for Being a Writer

1.  Fondness for Scotch.

2.  The ability to see things as they really are. 

3.  You enjoy the company of other writers.

4.  When you check a dictionary for the correct spelling of one word, you lose at least an hour reading about the word's history, its synonyms and antonyms, then you check two or three of the entries before and after that word...

5.  C'mon, admit it: You're a little insecure... 

6.  You have better conversations with your cat or dog that you do with your neighbours.

7.  It makes perfect sense to be wide awake at 4:00 am.

8.  You mentally edit everything you read.

9.  You neither like nor want money.

10.  Everything you read, hear, or see gives you an idea.

11.  At parties, you mentally file away snippets of conversations, thinking to yourself: Yes, that would be a great line.

12.  You have ADHD or OCD or some other (non-physical) affliction.


  1. Oh don't tell me there are more people in the world like me!! This is a great list. Thanks for sharing.

  2. (Thoughts in parentheses.) Your 12 points hit the nail on the head. (That's metaphor - did I spell it right?) Thank you for helping me understand this curse (affliction - maybe I should use a Thesaurus - oh, hell, I'll just wing it) of being a writer. (I am not an alcoholic, but I need a drink.) Excellent job. (Maybe if I offer encouragement, somebody will notice this.)