… you write instead of doodle when given a blank piece of paper.
… you’re interested in words, not only their meaning but what they imply, not only how they sound but how they are used.
… you can’t seem to have peace of mind unless you finish that sentence with the exact word you’ve been looking for in the back of your head.
… you write for money.
… you write for food.
… you write for fame.
… you write for nothing.
… you write when you’re happy and when you’re sad, and every other moment in between.
… you write for friends.
… you write for employers.
… you write for yourself.
… you pause at random moments, take a look around, and try to describe things in your head the way you would if you were writing a book.
… you pause at random events and make a mental note never to forget to include it in your next piece.
… you bring a pen and a notebook with you on a long trip just in case you get bored and need to write a poem.
… you read.
… you have the compulsive urge to edit crooked writing.
… for you, essay is spelled E-A-S-Y.
… you have mood swings that dictate when you should and should not write.
… you hear people say that your work is good, including people outside your family circle.
… you get published as an anonymous writer, and people still think your writing “kicks ass.”
… you cook up silly characters in your head and wonder what it would be like if you met them in person.
… you’re tired at the end of the day, and your form of relaxation comes in a medley of pen and paper — or of computer screen and keyboard.
… you read.
… you keep a copy of every single piece you’ve written since you were a kid, no matter how ridiculous it sounds when you read it now.
… you feel that your life won’t be complete unless you publish a book.
… you have no trouble maintaining – and not just starting – a blog.
… you’ve got really good typing speed as a result of writing (or typing) too often.
… you find that writing clears your head and untangles your thoughts like nothing else can.
… you’ve thought of enrolling in creative writing classes.
… you read essays you’ve written year after year and find that the current piece is always better than the one before it.
… you’re not afraid to read the work of other people and see where your writing stands in comparison to theirs.
… you read the work of better writers so you can become better yourself.
… you read. And then you read some more.