You know you’re a writer when…

For so long I spent time daydreaming of what it is I felt I was good enough at to make a future of. And for so long I felt that there wasn’t anything that I was good at, at all. Surrounded by a sibling that is pretty much good at whatever the hell he does, you can only imagine the pressure one puts upon themselves. Regardless of that fact, I have always had a strong connection to writing, and television and movies. I love the idea of this world you yourself can create, get lost in and everything you put into it, is based upon your hopes, your dreams, and your circumstances. It’s a unique way of getting everything you’ve ever wanted, without being selfish, for only you know what it is that can be for the good of the storyline. And no one is ever going to share your same exact vision. For a long time I didn’t allow myself to get caught up in whether or not I was a good writer. I often times would lower my expectations, in fear that if what I wrote sucked, well then I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised. I guess you can say it all goes back to that stupid saying “aim low, so you’re never disappointed,” which honestly is a pretty shitty way to live your life. Anyway…I think it was around high school when I realized writing was an important factor in my life. But it wasn’t until college that I really let myself explore the idea of screenwriting as a possible career. I guess I just never realized it was a possible career path.  I often wonder what marks a writer? How do you know you are in fact… a writer? There were times I wouldn’t consider myself a writer, but then I realized….screw it, that’s what I am…that’s what I feel closest to, that is what makes me happy… so for all my other hesitant writers out there, I came up with a few standard ideas of what makes a writer a writer…

You know you’re a writer when…

You’d rather live in the world of the characters you created then your own reality

You know you’re a writer when…

Day dreaming becomes visual story-boarding

You know you’re a writer when…

Your mind is racing with character ideas and dialogue, and your hands can’t keep up

You know you’re a writer when…

You think of your characters as little individual pieces of you, or those around you

You know you’re a writer when…

You have random notes, short hand plot lines and details all over your house in various notebooks, on post-its, on your computer, in your journal, or my personal favorite; typed into your cell phone (haha)

You know you’re a writer when…

You lose time writing a script, and you write into all hours of the night, but you’re okay with that

You know you’re a writer when…

Editing your work, becomes painful and you can’t let certain details go, because your writing has become the equivalent of nurturing your own child (lol)

You know you’re a writer when…

The simplest thing can trigger an idea

You know you’re a writer when…

You start to look at your favorite television shows and movies as research

You know you’re a writer when…

Music speaks to you through its lyrics, and you try to figure out why the writer wrote what they wrote

You know you’re a writer when…

Imagination trumps real life  experiences

You know you’re a writer when…

You question whether or not you’re a writer

You know you’re a writer when…

You feel something and the only way you can say it, is to write it down

That’s when you know you’re a writer

-<3-

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