You Know You’re a Writer When…

By: Marilyn L. Davis


Sounds Like a Meme to Me


“An idea: a theory or an equation, might sit around unnoticed for decades, centuries, even, before it’s rediscovered and put to some use. That’s how it works: it makes connections with other ideas, other knowledge, gathering momentum all the time, growing exponentially if it’s strong enough. Just like it would connect and grow within the billions of neurons in a single mind.”  ― K. Valisumbra, Mortlake and Other Stories

Richard Dawkins coined the word “meme” in his 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene.

Memes capture a concept, moment in time, or person that we all know, and because of this familiarity, we’re inclined to share them.  So, how do these connections form? What makes them worthy of sharing across continents?  Why do we even like memes? Each of us will have our answer, but there’s a group of creative geniuses at some ee cards; they get writers.

But just as some like blue, and others, red; we’re all slightly different in our sense of humor.  I may like number 4 or find number 3 too painfully true to be funny. You may be the opposite.

Have some fun today; find yourself, and then try to keep this evolving, changing, and growing by providing your take on “You know you’re a writer when…” in the comments.


Are You Writer Number 1?

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Can You Relate to Writer Number 2?

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Does Writer Number 3 Describe You?

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Is There Something Familiar about Writer Number 4?

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Have You Experienced Writer Number 5’s Social Issue? 

Do Crowds Bother You Like Writer Number 6?

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Are You Distracted Like Writer Number 7?

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Is That Your Voice Echoing Like Writer Number 8?

Shaming Yourself Like Writer Number 9?

Did You Answer Yourself Like Writer Number 10?

Number 11 is one I’m sure we can all relate to – if we’re honest.


What Word Did I Find?


So, I’ve opened the dictionary, and found the word, “Choice”.  Yes, it’s part of the directions – choose one meme that describes you, but it was the word for your prompt, too.


Would a Writer Lie?

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Please answer the first question about your favorite and why, and be kind on the last question about writers lying.  Thanks.


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  1. I identify with #4 the most because I did this. I sent an email to Ann Handley, author of “Everybody Writes” and in the email I had a dumb mistake, your/you’re or it/it’s. I can’t remember what it was. But I was so embarrassed. Hardly slept that night.

    • That may one of my more embarrassing moments, too. And it was in the subject line to boot. Glad I’m not the only one, Jayne.

  2. I identify the most with #10. You cannot convince me that my characters are not actual people. They just live in an alternate universe. No, I’m not crazy!!! LOL!!!

    • Given that we have to make them up and then create their environments, and if a Harry Potter, that world gets created, I’d say they are real, Lydia.

  3. Considering the options, I will choose 2 & 3. I have half-finished stories typed plus those that are nowhere other than in my mind. As for the Kardashians…upchuck!

    Thanks for the history on memes. The last time I was subjected to memememememe was in high school chorus practice singing the scales.

    Peculiar how many of those memes fit a railroad locomotive engineer like a straitjacket!

    Lots of chuckles and “oh no, me too” in this fun post, Marilyn.

  4. Hi, Marilyn–

    A great and true post! I identify with all of your memes. Another, one of my favorites from I. J. Schecter (“Fifteen Ways You Know You Were Born to Write,” Writers’ Journal, May/June 2004): “You see an average man sitting on a normal bench on a regular day and you suddenly feel compelled to write a story about it.”

    All power and blessings to you!

    • I think writers are a particular type of voyeur. We’re always looking at how people behave, talk, and the expressions they have when speaking to try and authenticate our characters, or maybe just how we’re supposed to act in social settings. My friends refer to me watching as the shiny writer moments. Happen to you?

  5. Loved this Marilyn. I think we like Memes because there is an element of truth to them. I can certainly identify with many of the ones you presented here!
    One additional thing I do is listen (translation:eavesdrop) in on other people’s conversations, especially at coffee shops and restaurants.
    My family and friends are horrified. I find it a necessary activity to engage in to gather insight and inspiration for my writing 🙂
    Keep the memes coming, Marilyn. They are hilariously true to the life of a writer.
    Great post!

  6. Marilyn, I can identify with more than one of these traits. Mine would be #8. I read out loud all the time. I say you are a writer when you experience paralysis by analysis. That would be me. 🙂

  7. Loved this Marilyn! This brought forth quite a few knowing chuckles! I identify most closely Memes 1, 4, 7 and 9.
    But what I am most known for is listening in in others people’s conversations at especially at coffee shops and restaurants! No only listening, but oftentimes I will join in! This practice horrifies my family and friends. I however, find it a necessary practice for gathering insight and ideas for writing!
    Oh, and writers don’t lie – we just creatively spin the truth (when writing fiction). Of course, for non-fiction – just the facts, please!
    Keep those Meme’s coming! They are hilariously true to a writer’s life!
    Great post!

  8. Loved this Marilyn! Gave me quite a few knowing chuckles! I especially identify with Memes 1, 4, 7, and 9 🙂
    In addition, one of the things I do that seems perfectly normal to me is to listen (eavesdrop) on other people’s conversations – especially in restaurants or coffee shops. Not only do I listen, but I sometime turn around and join in.
    My husband, family and friends are all horrified! I recently went to lunch with a new friend who is very curious about how this whole writing life works. I was “confessing” this little habit to her and she looked at me incredulously and asked me if I had been listening in on the conversation at the table behind us.
    I looked at her calmly and said, “No, because you have been talking too loud.” Lol!
    (She thinks I’m a bit strange, but we are still friends 🙂 )
    I also totally freak out if I find myself anywhere without a pen!! I can always find something to write on, but without something to write with I feel totally undone!
    Keep those Memes coming,Marilyn!
    I think the reason we like Memes is because there is an element of truth to them.
    Oh, and writers don’t lie – we just have a creative way of presenting the truth (isn’t that what fiction is?)
    As far as non-fiction – just the facts, please!
    Great post!

  9. Marilyn,
    These are all so true! My favorite is the first one. My husband is always teasing me for spacing out, but I tell him just because I appear to have a blank stare doesn’t mean I am not in there! I say you know you’re a writer when your list of topics to write about far exceeds the hours you have to actually write. Great post!

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