Are You A Serious Writer?

You may be a serious writer if ….

  • your hard drive is littered with random notes and story ideas … but not nearly as littered as your head.
  • you keep pen and paper next to your bed.  And in the glove compartment.  And in your gym bag.  Also on the rim of the bathtub.
  • a day without Roget’s Thesaurus is a day without sunshine.
  • your emotional landscape includes creativity, confidence, elation, frustration, and the occasional neurosis.
  • you’ve ever had to clean peanut butter and bread crumbs off your keyboard, because the work was going well, and you didn’t want to stop for lunch.
  • grammar and punctuation turn you on.
  • your interest in a new acquaintance is directly proportionate to his/her potential as a secondary character.
  • you’ve worn the white e, r, s, and t clean off your keyboard.
  • the search history on your web browser would raise red flags with the FBI, CIA, DEA, and mental health professionals everywhere.
  • you have stories to tell, and you just.  Keep.  Telling.  Them.

2 thoughts on “Are You A Serious Writer?

  1. stevenwwatkins

    Hi Kathy: Just came across your blog and enjoyed it very much. I thought I was the only person in the world turned on by punctuation … and it’s my Iphone that’s littered with notes. Working on my first manuscript myself and now using wordpress as as an inspirational, motivational and connecting tool to estabish a platform. I’ve been in the magazine publishing world all my life, but can’t truly call myself an “author” yet. Best of luck with all your projects. Your stuff is enjoyable.

  2. Kathy DiSanto Post author

    Thank you, Steven! Best of luck to you, too! And by the by, way I see it, you became an author the minute you started writing your book. (I had to restrain myself from using another exclamation point there … or even multiple exclamation points. I suspect the urge to over-punctuate is one of the more pernicious effects of social networking.)


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