I came to fiction writing as an adult. I took an extension class on a lark and before I knew it, I had written three mystery novels. Over the years I’ve learned that writers share some common traits. This revelation has saved me thousands of dollars on therapy.
Here are #5Signs that you might be a #writer.
1. When taking a test, you prefer essay questions to multiple-choice questions.
When I was a child I was relieved when the teacher announced an essay test. I knew I could nail the details when I had words to frame my answer. With multiple-choice answers where you had to choose answer A, B, C, or D- I always felt the answer was C ½.
2. Word problems in math distract you.
Whenever I faced a math problem where two people get on separate trains going in the same direction at different speeds, I always wondered why they were headed that way and what they intended to do once they got there. I really didn’t care what time they would arrive.
3. You never outgrew your imaginary friends.
As an only child, I created a tribe of imaginary friends to entertain me. Those friends hung around in my imagination and eventually made their way into my novels. So I have a better than average understanding of how important imaginary friends can be. When my Darling Son was three, we once left the house without his bestest buddy- an imaginary dog. Of course I turned that car around and drove the ten miles home to retrieve the dog.
4. When you get bored, you make up stories.
Wonderful Husband and I used to have season tickets to college basketball games. The action on the court held my attention for a short time and then my imagination wandered. I found myself wondering how much the ginormous scoreboard that hung over the court weighed. Then I wondered what would happen if the thing fell. Then I thought what a horrible accident that would be. But what if it wasn’t an accident? What if someone rigged the thing to fall on purpose? By the end of the game, I would have an entire mystery novel mapped out in my head. Making stories up and not acting on them is what separates a writer from a psychopath.
5. The scariest thing you have ever seen is a blank page.
If you are a writer, I do not need to explain this.
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M.A. Simonetti is the author of the Malibu Mystery Novel Series, featuring Alana Fox who is no Spring Chicken. You can read the first chapters to the novels and buy them here: https://bit.ly/2bjwfXr