On caregivers, faith, family, and writing…

Top Ten ListIt wasn’t my goal in life to become a writer. I enjoyed writing when I was younger, and I toyed with the idea briefly until I received my first negative review from an English teacher. I don’t take criticism very well, and I took her comments very personally, so my pen lay idle for several decades.

Then, when I became a caregiver, I was advised to keep a journal. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was a writer. With all the media outlets, being a writer can creep up on you. Sometimes you don’t recognize when you’ve crossed that line – when you’ve reached that place where you can realistically call yourself a writer.

If you’re somewhere in the process of becoming, and are not sure if you’ve crossed that magic line, you’re in luck. I have developed a top ten list of symptoms characteristics of being a writer.

You might be a writer if…

  • You know that writing IS a real job.starvingwriter
  • When people say or do something “memorable,” they look at you and say, “Don’t write about this.”
  • When those same people see others doing something “memorable,” they look at you and say, “You should write about that.”
  • You often have the feeling that you worked out the perfect solution for the troublesome passage in your sleep last night – if you could only remember it.
  • You get your most profound inspirations when you’re doing your most mundane chores like pulling weeds or scrubbing toilets.
  • You often leave the mundane chores half finished so you can sit down at the keyboard and work on the profound inspiration.
  • You use a lot of post-it notes to jot down ideas – and when you look at them later, some of them actually make sense.
  • You spend a lot more time thinking about what you’re going to write and about what you’ve written than actually writing it.
  • Sometimes the hardest part of what you do is hitting the “submit” button.
  • Your greatest fear is that, the one time you forget to back up, your computer will crash, taking your latest and greatest manuscript with it.

Blessings and happy writing,


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