Writers are a very particular type of people. Right up there with all the other artistic types of the world, such as painters and musicians, they are often likely to be seen as fascinating, highly creative individuals capable of creating literary masterpieces. The modern writer may be far removed from the classic stereotype of the closeted, socially inept genius who locks themselves away for months on end, forgetting to eat, sleep or even shower; nevertheless, it may still be possible to spot a writer from a mile off, due to several common characteristics that many of us may share. Here are 10 telltale signs that can inadvertently give you away!
You collect and devour books like there’s no tomorrow
You can’t expect to write if you don’t read, and most writers do so voraciously. Many writers’ bookshelves are weighted down with books of all kinds. They’ll have their favourite author (or authors), a number of books they’ve read over and over again, as well as one (or several) books they’re currently reading scattered haphazardly around their living space.
You’re a walking dictionary
Reading so many books – or any printed material, for that matter – obviously contributes considerably to expanding your general knowledge and vocabulary, which is why all your friends turn to you for an explanation whenever they come across a previously unheard-of word! You’re always on the lookout for new and exciting words and phrases that you can use in your next writing task. This is also why you’re probably an absolute whiz at word games such as crossword puzzles and Scrabble.
You’d rather write it than say it
Being a writer may imply you’re never at a loss for words, but in truth you’re far more comfortable writing a heartfelt message than expressing yourself orally. This is why you’ll find yourself the first port of call for helping others draft speeches – but the last to be selected for public speaking!
You’re an accomplished proofreader
Since reading and writing are second nature, you’re capable of spotting a bad text from miles away. You’re always correcting other people’s work and hate spelling and grammar errors with a passion. You may even take up a couple of proofreading assignments every now and then – and do them impeccably.
You’re a keen observer
As a writer, you are called upon to write about anything and everything under the sun. That’s why you’re equipped with a set of eagle eyes that take in every little detail of your surroundings. Having such avid observation skills enables you to describe scenes in accurate detail.
You find writing therapeutic
You just don’t understand why other people complain so bitterly about having to put pen to paper – whether it’s an assignment, long essay or a multiple-thousand-word task you’re set, you take to it like the proverbial duck to water. In fact, you find it extremely difficult to reign yourself in and stick to your word count, and often find yourself editing to shorten!
You’ve suffered through writer’s block
Those who continue to maintain that writer’s block is a myth just don’t know what they’re talking about, because you’ve been through it several times – and have the crumpled paper to prove it! Writer’s block can be a crippling hindrance for freelancers whose daily bread-and-butter depends on their writing skills.
You write a lot at once – or nothing at all
There’s no such thing as a rigid schedule when you’re writer; you’re either in the mood for writing, or it’s just not going to happen. But, when inspiration strikes, you always make sure to take advantage of it!
You’re inspired by everything
Speaking of inspiration – it doesn’t really take much to inspire your creative juices. Once you’ve got a new task to keep you busy, you’ll leap onto it with gusto. Most writers are accomplished researchers – we also make it a point to provide fresh, engaging reading material for our readers!
You’re always on the lookout for something new to write
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