26 telltale signs that you’re a writer

Who needs business cards? These physical conditions, personality quirks and persistent habits say it all. You transform words into stories just as bees turn pollen into honey.

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Ah, the writing life. You know it so well.

Endless caffeine, a little bit of procrastination, blank Word documents, piles of notebooks, bouts of self-doubt and the satisfying clickety-clack of the keyboard. All things those of us who fancy ourselves writers are intimately familiar with. (OK. Maybe it’s a lot of procrastination, not just a little.)

We took to social media to ask writers all over the world to complete the sentence, “You know you’re a writer when…” The results are hilarious, honest and heartfelt.

You know you’re a writer when…

1. You keep a journal and pen by your bed-you know, for those middle-of-the-night bursts of inspiration.


2. Every moment when you’re not writing is spent thinking about writing.


3. You take a sick day from work to stay home and work on your latest project.


4. You can never have enough coffee to keep you going.

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