Like most professions, writers have certain characteristics that set them apart from the mechanics, doctors, and duck hunters of the world. We’re fairly easy to spot if you know what to look for, so here are a few ways to identify the writer in your life.
1. If you see someone you know constantly arguing with people that aren't there, they're probably a writer. Or an escapee from the mental ward. Could go either way…
2. If their work uniform consists of fuzzy socks, tank tops, flannel pants, or pajama jeans, there’s a good chance they're a writer. Or a tragic fashion victim that likes soft things… (or both—like me)
3. If someone in your life consumes more than a gallon of either coffee, jolt cola, or Mt Dew in a single twenty-four hour span, they're definably a writer. We thrive on caffeine. (warning - Stay clear in cases of caffeine shortage!)
4. If a friend or loved one does something that makes you question their sanity, such as quizzing firemen on how to get away with arson or locking themselves in the trunk of your car to see how it feels, there's a good chance they're a writer. Or, again, an escapee from the mental ward. ( Funny how we share a lot of the same traits… )
5. If they can’t resist the urge to rewrite ads (Newspaper, magazines, ect), rearranging sentences or changing and cutting repeated words, there’s a good chance you've got a writer.
Am I forgetting anything? Do you have a writer in your life? What are some of the quirks that set them apart?