54 ominous signs that you might be a writer

Writers are “special” people. But don’t worry, it is not always contagious. This guide will help you self-screen for this condition before it becomes terminal.

I’ve done this a couple times before, parody Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck” routine, and I’ve even done it with “You might be a writer” before.  But this is a bigger, more complete collection, which I hope you enjoy.

If you are unfamiliar with Jeff Foxworthy, here is a short video to get you in a humorous mood.

 

Plus, it somehow seems more authentic to read these with Jeff Foxworthy’s accent. Try it, just for fun. And let me know which sign(s) that you might be a writer applies most to you.

Signs that you might be a writer

If you sometimes lie awake at night wondering whether there is a connection between burning books and Hell being full of fire, you might be a writer.

If you get giddy over closed caption TV because they broadcast the screenplay, you might be a writer.

If even small things require writing an entire blog post, like this one, you might be a writer.

If you think the opposite of wrong is “write”, you might be a writer.

If your favorite Bible character is Daniel, not because he survived the night in a lion’s den but because he could read the writing on the wall, you might be a writer.

If people cringe at your thank-you notes because they run on for 17 pages, you might be a writer.

If a whole shelf on your bookcase is dedicated to books with your name on them, you might be a writer.

If you edit the cooking instructions on pasta boxes at the grocery store, you might be a writer.

Editing groceries

If you don’t mind singing off key, as long as you get the words right, you might be a writer.

If you fight insomnia by counting typos, you might be a writer.

If you tell your daughter that her math homework is not compelling enough to the audience, you might be a writer.

If you won’t drink Starbucks coffee because they removed the words from their logo, you might be a writer.

If you always do things by the book, you might be a writer.

If you’ve ever risen in church to correct the preacher’s grammar, you might be a writer.

If you can’t wait for the “Internet of things” so you can finally get a spell checker for the items in your fridge, you might be a writer.

If your Roman holiday itinerary is based on Angels and Demons, you might be a writer.

If you hold back crucial scheduling details from your family to keep them in suspense, you might be a writer.

If you measure time in “pages written”, you might be a writer.

If you’ve ever written to the International Olympic Committee demanding that they include Spelling Bee as an Olympic sport, you might be a writer.

If you pull out a pen when everyone else pulls out their cell phones, you might be a writer.

Pen or cellphone

If you said “But the book was so much better!” after seeing The Matrix, you might be a writer. (Look it up!)

If you’ve ever called out the President of Honda for misspelling “Infiniti”, you might be a writer.

If you can’t wait for them to make a movie out of Roget’s Thesaurus, you might be a writer.

If you try to organize your cutlery alphabetically, you might be a writer.

If you avoid drinking milk because yogurt has more culture, you might be a writer.

If you start pulling the dust jackets off all your books when somebody shouts “Run for cover!”, you might be a writer.

If you look for a “blurb” on the back of a jacket when shopping for clothing, you might be a writer.

If you can’t understand why pill container labels have such tiny letters, you might be a writer.  Or you could be just about anybody, for that matter.

If you’ve never been at a loss for words, you might be a writer.

If you’ve ever been suddenly awakened by an electric shock in the face, because your drool flooded your keyboard in the wee hours of the morning, you might be a writer.

If you go to the library to get close to God, you might be a writer.

If you scan the restaurant menu looking for a plot, you might be a writer.

Menu plot

If you feel that your life is incomplete without chapter titles and flashbacks, you might be a writer.

If you think social bookmarking is a game you play at the library, you might be a writer.

If your hate-list includes Wordless Wednesday blogs and music CDs with no lyrics, you might be a writer.

If you ask your son whether the new kid in school is the protagonist or the antagonist, you might be a writer.

If your reaction to designer clothes at the mall is “Who wrote that?”, you might be a writer.

If you fantasize about typewriters, you might be a writer.

If you ever dreamed you were a typewriter, you might be a writer.

If you even know what a typewriter is, you might be a writer.

If you are excited that so many people are into a face book, you might be a writer.

If your favorite art form is the font, you might be a writer.

If there is never enough space to type in your “favorite book”, you might be a writer.

If your Youtube song search usually includes the word “lyrics”, you might be a writer.

If you prepare an outline before telling your spouse about your day, you might be a writer.

Semi-colon protest

If you’ve ever staged a hunger strike over the inappropriate use of a semicolon, you might be a writer.

If your favorite part of vacation is “booking” the flight, you might be a writer.

If you’ve ever tried to organize a book club among fellow passengers on a plane or bus, you might be a writer.

If you autograph the magazines displayed at the checkout counter, you might be a writer.

If “Paperback Writer” is your favorite song of all time, you might be a writer.

If you are still trying to teach your pet to spell his name, you might be a writer.

If the worst nightmare you’ve ever had was running from an avalanche of crumpled paper rolling down the side of a mountain, you might be a writer.

If you use a pen name when registering to vote, you might be a writer.

And if you are still reading this long-winded post that I’ve written, you are obviously a writer (and you’ll really enjoy my thank-you notes!).

Bloggers and writers!  Feel free to use the images in this post on your website.  They were made lovingly with you in mind, from a fellow writer.






About David Leonhardt

is President of The Happy Guy Marketing, published author, a "Distinguished Toastmaster", a former consumer advocate, a social media addict and experienced with media relations and government reports.

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Comments

  1. Daniel is my hero for reading the writing on the wall 🙂

  2. A brilliant encapsulation of the tell tale signs! There is one more which I am guilty of: when you go off on a rant at an ATM machine because chequing is spelled checking, then you might be a Canadian writer!

  3. Why ominous? They are great signs, though

  4. Great list! I dont normally think of myself as a writer but when I put funny top ten writer in my twitter bio I seem to have attracted a lot of writer followers. Maybe I will have to give it a try

  5. Hi David,
    This is really an amazing post!
    I really enjoyed reading it!
    Hey I am here via your latest post on this line.
    These Ifs are really interesting! but at the same time serious one too!
    Yes, you brought out well in a different style! 🙂
    I could relate to some of it!
    Thanks Dave for sharing this hilarious but at the same time a serious and thought provoking one!
    Keep writing!
    Keep informed
    Best
    ~ Phil

  6. Hey David,

    What a joy to read. I am still smiling.

    The pains we have to go to ensure a semicolon is used correctly. I have not had dreams of paper avalanches but swimming in reams of A4 paper (my favorite – starting with a blank piece of paper, the potential excites me). I still look at typewriters thinking they were the days and thanks for giving my small finger muscles from having to work that A key.

    Love ya work David.

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