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Title: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AnneLyle on April 28, 2012, 12:09:52 AM
...you glance at the Fantasy Faction thread title "Your Next 5 Books" and the first thought that pops into your head is "OMG, I barely know what the next one's going to be about, never mind four more down the line!"

:D
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AshKB on April 28, 2012, 01:18:29 AM
Not that I've finished writing a novel yet, but this was...my exact same reaction *facepalm*

Books, hell, I barely know what my next five short stories/fanfics are going to be.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: FlemmingHansen on April 28, 2012, 06:00:50 AM
... You sit at the dinner table. Giggling and distracted by some odd events in your book.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on April 28, 2012, 06:38:34 PM
...You find yourself correcting the grammar of news captions on TV.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lor on April 28, 2012, 11:14:08 PM
...you and your writing partner constantly make nerdy references to elements of your novel which are hilarious to you, but make everyone else look at you like you've suddenly sprouted an extra head.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AshKB on April 28, 2012, 11:32:58 PM
...You find yourself correcting the grammar of news captions on TV.


*raises hand* parking fine, here.




...you have debates with yourself about getting up to write down that really cool story, or actually going to sleep as it's 1am.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Tiffany Kysis Tackett on April 29, 2012, 08:02:11 PM
...you madly scribble down story ideas when you are at a stoplight, and get pissed when it turns green, because you aren't ready yet.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Francis Knight on April 30, 2012, 12:20:59 AM
...You find yourself correcting the grammar of news captions on TV.


The Blakes* Seven videos should have a damn apostrophe!

(granted the late ones do, at least the links on the net, but the early covers/titles/graphics..... *tears out hair*)


* IT NEEDS AN APOSTROPHE
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Funky Scarecrow on April 30, 2012, 12:30:38 AM
...you don't mind waiting rooms in the slightest and are quite happy for appointments to run late, since it gives you some alone time in which to plot and plan.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Yelnoc on April 30, 2012, 03:23:49 AM
You pin all of your story ideas on the corkboard behind your bed (because you know you'll never turn around and thus not feel guilty about how little you are actually writing).
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Dan D Jones on April 30, 2012, 07:14:06 PM
... you keep pen and paper on the night stand by your bed, another set in the glove compartment, more in the corner drawer of the kitchen, etc. so that you'll always have a way to scribble down that idea when it pops in your head.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: THElewisdix on May 01, 2012, 05:26:14 AM
... you keep pen and paper on the night stand by your bed, another set in the glove compartment, more in the corner drawer of the kitchen, etc. so that you'll always have a way to scribble down that idea when it pops in your head.

Pen and paper, puh!!! That's what I use my iPhone "Notes" app for.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Silence on May 01, 2012, 07:10:34 AM
...you're watching Game of Thrones and your favourite bit of that episode is when Stannis corrects Davos(?) for using "less" instead of "fewer"
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Francis Knight on May 01, 2012, 09:40:29 AM
You've trained your family to take notes/point out interesting stuff while on holiday for 'inspiration/research for your next book'. And they don't mind.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AshKB on May 01, 2012, 09:51:02 AM
You have an exploding, highly eclectic collection of non-fiction books, partly on the premise of 'SHINY' and justified with 'RESEARCH' (or, Research's close cousin, 'I'll Totally Use This Information On The History of Make Up Later').
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Dan D Jones on May 01, 2012, 02:46:07 PM
... you keep pen and paper on the night stand by your bed, another set in the glove compartment, more in the corner drawer of the kitchen, etc. so that you'll always have a way to scribble down that idea when it pops in your head.

Pen and paper, puh!!! That's what I use my iPhone "Notes" app for.

Whippersnapper.  I've been doing this since before you were born.  I'm just glad I don't have to grind my own inks and carve my own quills anymore.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Louise on May 01, 2012, 02:58:46 PM
Ahh, I get sore thumbs just from texting on my touchscreen phone, let alone write notes/bits of story. Pen and paper it is for me too, I have a little much-loved Moleskine notebook that I jot everything down in (so its all nice and contained). :)

And you know you're a writer when you're sat opposite your housemate and she hears you clacking away on your laptop and asks, "Writing again?"
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: RobJHayes on May 01, 2012, 03:27:32 PM
... you find yourself sitting on a beautiful sandy beach with crystal clear water lapping at the shore, palm trees as tall as a house at your back and only the call of some exotic, unknown bird echoing in your ears and you think... I should put this on paper!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: psuppak on May 01, 2012, 03:37:32 PM
Thinking about what a protagonist of one of the stories would respond to your own situation...
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Ashes on May 01, 2012, 03:56:25 PM
...You're cleaning the house and you find scraps of paper down the back of the sofa, in drawers and other places with little ideas for your novel written on.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Libertine on May 01, 2012, 10:06:21 PM
...you move house and at least ten boxes contain writing books, notebooks, inspiration, copies of published stuff, copies of writer friends' published stuff, pens, pencils, dictaphone, post-its... and the cat has developed a habit of sitting on your feet as you write, just to be near you!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Ashes on May 01, 2012, 10:34:06 PM
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and the cat has developed a habit of sitting on your feet as you write, just to be near you!
Or the dog is sat next to you with their head on your lap.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: MattJoeTom on May 04, 2012, 04:32:41 AM
You have trouble focusing while reading a book because you can't stop thinking about your own. 
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: FlemmingHansen on May 14, 2012, 10:38:00 AM
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and the cat has developed a habit of sitting on your feet as you write, just to be near you!
Or the dog is sat next to you with their head on your lap.
*looks down*
CONFIRMED!  ;D
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: M. R. Mathias on May 17, 2012, 09:55:13 AM
You know you're a writer when...    You have to pay taxes on your royalties.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Ashes on May 20, 2012, 01:53:50 PM
...You correct the grammer on drawn-on grafity on a car.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AnneLyle on May 20, 2012, 02:21:13 PM
and the cat has developed a habit of sitting on your feet as you write, just to be near you!

Sitting on my feet would be great, she would keep them warm. Mine prefers my lap, preferably under my laptop where she can be warm!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lor on May 20, 2012, 11:00:33 PM
and the cat has developed a habit of sitting on your feet as you write, just to be near you!

Sitting on my feet would be great, she would keep them warm. Mine prefers my lap, preferably under my laptop where she can be warm!

I swear my dog has a magnet in his arse, as soon as I sit down to write he comes sits on my feet/lap. He's a spaniel, he is not a lap dog!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Oli on May 21, 2012, 09:57:45 AM
You know you're a writer when you look up from the thing you quickly sat down to type, to see your eighteen year old daughter saying 'bye Dad, I'm moving out' and you respond 'wait… you can talk now?' (I'm exaggerating, she's only 13 and I swear we exchanged pleasantries only last week).
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Michael Sullivan on May 29, 2012, 09:19:01 PM
...you madly scribble down story ideas when you are at a stoplight, and get pissed when it turns green, because you aren't ready yet.

I like it!!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: J. Mark Miller on May 31, 2012, 03:24:53 AM
...you see the thread on Fantasy Faction asking "Which Fantasy Author Did You Find Most Disappointing?" and your answer is, "Me, because I haven't been able to finish writing that damn trilogy yet!"
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lor on May 31, 2012, 10:20:03 AM
...you see the thread on Fantasy Faction asking "Which Fantasy Author Did You Find Most Disappointing?" and your answer is, "Me, because I haven't been able to finish writing that damn trilogy yet!"

This!

Also I'm bowing down to you, because that properly made me laugh. Kudos ;)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: J. Mark Miller on May 31, 2012, 02:44:12 PM
...you see the thread on Fantasy Faction asking "Which Fantasy Author Did You Find Most Disappointing?" and your answer is, "Me, because I haven't been able to finish writing that damn trilogy yet!"

This!

Also I'm bowing down to you, because that properly made me laugh. Kudos ;)

Haha! Just stating how I feel every time I see that thread. :)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lionwalker on June 02, 2012, 12:20:41 PM
You have strategically placed notepads all around your house, or once you have written 999 words.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: akapaoloverdi on June 02, 2012, 02:09:37 PM
...you actually use the cofee maker you own, you've cleaned the house, are a dab-hand at computer solitaire and regularly contribute to on-line forums! Just while you collate your thoughts, of course!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Laura Lam on June 02, 2012, 10:45:48 PM
You cut your finger, almost faint, and go "well, now when a character nearly faints, it'll be easier to describe."

Er.

(My finger's fine. I just get a bit woozy at the sight of my own blood--good to know).
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: FlemmingHansen on June 03, 2012, 12:21:40 PM
You know you're a writer when you've killed at least one keyboard or laptop over a duration of six months.

You know you're a writer when your blood type is 2% java beans.

You know you're a writer when you feel ashamed when doing typos or grammatical errors in public posts or tweets.

You know you're a writer when you dance around wearing nothing but a pink skirt... of f**k! Wrong thread.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: caf on June 04, 2012, 10:41:02 PM
you know you are a writer when you have a back-pack or satchle full of note books, other books, pens and pencils
or if you forget to eat of do math homework because you are writting
or when your biggest fear is that your pencil will break or your pen runs out of ink, or your computer dies or you run out of paper in the middle of a good thought
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AnneLyle on June 04, 2012, 10:58:53 PM
You cut your finger, almost faint, and go "well, now when a character nearly faints, it'll be easier to describe."

Heh, been there. Well, not literally. Blood doesn't bother me, mine or anyone else's. I think exposed bone might... *wince*

But yes, having a small analytical part of your mind always observing everything and filing it away for reference? That's a bit creepy. No wonder we're all a bit mad :)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on June 04, 2012, 11:19:08 PM
On which note... when you see the most stunning sunset you remember and immediately think "I know where I can use that." (happened about six months ago)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lor on June 04, 2012, 11:31:11 PM
...when a friend makes a quip, and you immediately think "hey, that's the sort of thing so-and-so would say, I'm so using that!"
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: stevenpoore on June 05, 2012, 05:43:30 PM
...when your co-workers ask you how much you wrote during lunch and cheer or chivvy accordingly.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: caf on June 05, 2012, 06:13:01 PM
..you see a child crying, and you get out your pen and paper and start writing
"And in Hadrias quest for the treasure, he came across his most challenging obsticle yet, the ear shattering shreiks of a ...insert some made up monster here.."
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: FlemmingHansen on June 13, 2012, 06:39:47 PM
You're at the computer writing, when your national football team is playing.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Xenophanes on June 27, 2012, 09:16:51 AM
Saw an amazing double rainbow today...all I could think about was adding a freakin rainbow to my story:)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Wizard Police on June 27, 2012, 10:15:46 AM
...you're the only one of your friends that vents about writer's block on the daily.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Wizard Police on June 28, 2012, 06:22:31 AM
...you think of a great idea but you're nowhere near a computer or any technology to write it down, forget about it hours later, and you feel like your story sucks without it.

Just happened to me, I was playing basketball, thought of a great idea, and forgot what it was when I finally had the chance to grab my phone and jot it down. Ughhhh I hate this.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Fallen One on June 28, 2012, 06:51:09 AM
...you think of a great idea but you're nowhere near a computer or any technology to write it down, forget about it hours later, and you feel like your story sucks without it.

Just happened to me, I was playing basketball, thought of a great idea, and forgot what it was when I finally had the chance to grab my phone and jot it down. Ughhhh I hate this.

 That's why I try to always have a few small pieces of paper and a pencil with me :)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Wizard Police on June 28, 2012, 07:07:17 AM
lol I do too (well I type things down in my phone), but sometimes I get ideas during the strangest times. A month ago I was I was getting one of those hour long massages, and an idea struck me. I didn't want to just stop it right then and there, and I was feeling so relaxed too, so I told myself I'll do it later. And then, I forgot it.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Doctor_Chill on June 28, 2012, 03:58:40 PM
My greatest ispiration happens when I'm walking out in the woods. (I live in the pine forests of East Texas) Just recently I invested in a tape recorder, and I tell you, that's the reatest thing. Sure, people look at you like you're crazy as you talk to yourself while you're walking or supposed to be asleep at midnight, but it sure helps. Saves me from getting anry when I lose that creativity spark and yell at others for no aparent reason. :D
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: naugem on June 29, 2012, 04:46:53 PM
A related post: Are you really, truly an author? Try this little test (http://terenceblacker.com/comment/blog/are-you-really-truly-an-author-try-this-little-test/)

I especially liked:
-When you began writing in your adult life, it felt like coming home. Back then, it was less like work than happiness, a return to the sunlit playground. That innocent pleasure has faded with the need to earn a living but even now, on a good day, there is nothing quite like it.


Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Sophie Proud on July 11, 2012, 06:49:58 PM
.... when you see a person running on the street and you immediately know who she is, where she comes from, her rank, her family, her motivations, her possible powers and the creature or thing that scares her and that made her flee.
... when you can follow a stray dog's moves while he is only begging for some bread and create a movie script based on his eyes.

Happens to me everyday! :)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: AlmightyZael on July 13, 2012, 02:04:36 AM
...when you feel satisfied with the work you've done. Go to sleep. Wake up. Then delete the entire 10'000 words because you realise they are terrible.

...when you have roughly 13 billion story ideas, a few hundred opening sentences or cool quotes, and have nowhere to put any of them.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: FlemmingHansen on October 11, 2012, 07:33:14 PM
The first Stephen King book you ever read is "On Writing" :)

Guiltyyyyyyy!
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: jefGoelz on October 11, 2012, 09:21:09 PM
you know you are a writer when people pay you for your work.

Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Lor on October 11, 2012, 09:29:49 PM
you know you are a writer when people pay you for your work.

If you write only to get paid, you're going to spend a long time disappointed.

You know you're a writer when you find stuff written all up your arm from committee meetings that had nothing to do with what was discussed in said meeting, you just didn't want to put it in your meeting notes in case you never see it again.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Idlewilder on October 11, 2012, 10:00:11 PM
...when you decide it would be a good idea to stop work on your novel for a month, only to find that at the end of that month, you've started another one.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on October 12, 2012, 05:19:12 PM
You know you're a fantasy writer when you look at an acronym and immediately start planning the character who'd have that name. (Just happened to me - it was AXUG, who's definitely a troll.)
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Jian on October 12, 2012, 05:32:08 PM
... when you've read this: http://www.brentweeks.com/extras/writing-advice/1-general-writing-advice/ (http://www.brentweeks.com/extras/writing-advice/1-general-writing-advice/) and found it extremely interesting and forced your sister to read it. And then you find out it's 10k words long. ;D
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: asabo on October 12, 2012, 05:43:36 PM
You know you're a fantasy writer when you look at an acronym and immediately start planning the character who'd have that name. (Just happened to me - it was AXUG, who's definitely a troll.)

Absolutely! And sometimes when I misspell a word and think, hmmm, nice sound to that. How can I use it?
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Nyki Blatchley on October 13, 2012, 02:32:27 PM
You know you're a fantasy writer when you look at an acronym and immediately start planning the character who'd have that name. (Just happened to me - it was AXUG, who's definitely a troll.)

Absolutely! And sometimes when I misspell a word and think, hmmm, nice sound to that. How can I use it?

The letters on car numberplates can be useful, too.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: JonRock411 on October 13, 2012, 02:57:09 PM
You write.    ;D




OK, fine.   

You've spent the past year planning your Nanowrimo story and a month before it starts, change everything and start wondering if you could do two of them.

Your reaction to someone mentioning how much they love something that is in your book is unimaginable giddiness

You spend hours and lose sleep over whether or not something mentioned once in a throw-away line is accurate

You are constantly told you should get on a decent sleep schedule because you stay up all night so you can write when it's quiet

You mentally log "description sketches" of people you see at work for use as characters in your book

Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: shadowkat678 on March 26, 2016, 01:58:28 AM
When your family looks at you like you're crazy, and you just realize at that moment you've been talking out both sides of a story conversation and...and with hand motions.

When you do the same thing on a walk in public.

When you go to sleep tweaking scenes you're planning in your head to figure out which works best.

When you try to figure out what so and so would say if in so and so show.

Would this character like chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?

Closing your eyes and becoming a character, then being grumpy for the next few hours because your character just went through a horrible experience, and how dare I make myself feel that. Yes, I need to understand how she feels, but that was horrible.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: Eclipse on April 29, 2016, 08:09:49 PM
You have a story with goats
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: SugoiMe on April 30, 2016, 05:01:43 AM
Seriously guys? I have like 12 ideas for books I wanna write!

...every night, you think in prose and poetry, and it's so exciting, you start either mouthing the words or making exaggerated hand motions.
Title: Re: You know you're a writer when...
Post by: DrMclony on April 30, 2016, 08:47:25 AM
...you drive a few hours from your home and meet a random stranger not in any kind of bookish place who asks "are you THE *insert your name here* who wrote *insert title here*?"

I was kind of pleased to say the least.