You Know You're a Writer When…

The Spawn and his minion Lazr Cat.

The Spawn and his minion Lazr Cat.

We’ve been talking about some heavy stuff the past several posts, so I figured it was time for a bit of levity. We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’ve learned that regular people are cute, and no longer get offended with this conversation.

Regular Person: What do you do?

Writer: I’m a writer.

Regular Person: No, I mean, what’s your real job?

You’ve come to understand that writers are a lot like unicorns. Everyone knows about them, they’ve simply never seen a REAL ONE.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

The NSA, CIA and FBI no longer bother with you. Likely, they know you by name and now outsource to the creepy ice cream truck to just make a few passes and check to make sure you’re still at your computer.


You Know You’re a Writer When…

When it comes to revisions, you actually contemplate hanging one of those cheap pine tree air fresheners around your neck because bathing or showering or eating or changing clothes will interrupt your mojo.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’re on such a roll with the WIP that you’ve forgotten a “real” world exists (including laundry). You’re down to wearing your husband’s socks and he’s either going commando or is forced to wear that thong given to him on his 40th birthday as a joke gift. The kids? Hell, they went feral a week ago.

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You Know You’re a Writer When…

You take a break from writing to go to the store and, on the way, begin untangling a plot problem. You finally realize you’re in the next state and have no idea how you got there. But good news is, you now know which poison is best to kill off the character modeled after that cheerleader who bullied you through high school. It’s the poison that will make her fat and wrinkly before she dies slowly from terminal acne.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You appreciate that if Febreeze is good enough for the couch, why not hose the preschooler? Hey, you spent extra for the anti-microbial one. It kills germs *rolls eyes*. Now your tot smells like a Hawaiian Breeze and his cooties can’t hurt others. You should get a freaking MEDAL for this kind of creativity.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’ve been diagnosed with Tourette’s, Multiple-Personality Disorder or both. It’s tough to explain you were simply working out dialogue when strapped to a gurney. But the upside is when they sedate you, it’s the only vacation you’ve had in months and insurance might even cover it. SCORE!

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’re no longer invited to family events because they can’t take the incessant correction of their grammar.

Chickens are done, people are FINISHED.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’re automatically safe from any episode of Hoarders because when you get enough books? Others naturally assume you’re a LIBRARY. Hey, maybe you can apply for government funding. Scratch that. Then, you’d have to let people borrow your books.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You willingly suffer frostbite hiding in a grocery freezer eavesdropping a couple’s fight, because dialogue that epic is worth a losing pinkie toe. Your coffee table’s already tried to assassinate it 342 times anyway.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’ve been mistaken for Gollum multiple times, because strangers found you in a dark corner whispering “My precious….” and it was just you and your Kindle.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You plow over the entire Kardashian family, because OMG there’s DEAN KOONTZ!

You Know You’re a Writer When…

Your idea of fun is reading the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, talking to your friends at the Coroner’s office or reading/writing Amazon reviews of the Bic Pen for Her or the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

Speaking of the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer, you actually bought one, not only to support the greatest comedic writing in human history, but also to screw with the TSA. Can you get it through airport security without a full-body search? Hide it near your shoulders and FREE NECK MASSAGE!

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You’ve made it onto the Mormon and Jehova’s Witness DO NOT CALL LIST because you will only promise to convert with purchase of YOUR BOOKS (and favorable 5-star reviews).

You Know You’re a Writer When…

You watch the reality show Oddities and recognize your friends and a few members of your critique group. “Hey, are they buying that used straight-jacket and shrunken head for me? Awww, how thoughtful…”

You Know You’re a Writer When…

Every time some overblown Third World dictator threatens to destabilize the world, all you can think is, “Pfft. Amateur.”

Have any to add? I know you do. So, “You Know You’re a Writer When….”

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  1. Reblogged this on FanDomFridays.

  2. You know you’re a writer when you Can’t… Stop… Writing…
    (And no-one’s going to borrow any of my books. Just back away now.)

    • Diane Burton on January 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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    OMG, I laughed all the way through this post, Kristen. You should take your act on the road. You’d make a great stand-up comedienne. Best wishes for a great 2014.

    • Jason Gallagher on January 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm
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    What is scary is that I knew exactly what you meant by the reviews for the Bic Pen for Her and the Hutzler Banana slicer! Yikes. Thanks for a good smile today.

  3. Add “rummaging for the bra and the toothbrush just before the kids come home from school,” and this is me. Right now. So I’ve got two more hours… 😉

  4. ..when your imaginary friends are more entertaining then real life people.

  5. I had this fantasy once, where I was standing in a crowd of people yelling into my phone (at my publisher) “No! I want her dead! It won’t work unless she dies!”

    You know you’re a writer when…you’ve hounded your child for so long about the use of proper grammar, he gets in trouble from his teacher because she thinks he plagiarized something off the internet.

  6. You know you’re a writer when not only do you comment on the original posts but also all the comments to the original post 🙂 This is a perfect post for a Friday!

    1. hardy har

      1. 🙂

  7. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:
    What a perfect post to reblog! Kristen Lamb’s “You know you’re a writer when … ” Head over and add to her list!

  8. Reblogging! So true! LOVE IT! This made my frickin’ day. Thanks so much! <3

  9. Reblogged this on jessicasamuelsauthor and commented:
    You also know your a writer when your imaginary characters are more interesting then the people in real life.

  10. You know you’re a writer when the only dialogue you participate in is between your characters. Also if your idea of romance is keeping people apart instead of bringing them together 🙂

  11. Thank you Kristen. The best chortle I have had all week. 😉

  12. Reblogged this on Diving into Dark Minds and commented:
    Truly funny, truly true, and I couldn’t help myself to NOT reblog it. I usually don’t do this, but call it a favor Ms. Lamb for your awesome humor. 🙂 Thanks for a good laugh this day!

    • Laurie A Will on January 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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    You know your a writer when you wake up in the middle of the night and immediately start revising a scene in your head.

    You know writer when suddenly you think strapping a sword to your back and walking down Main Street is a perfectly logical thing to do.

    1. Laurie, you’re so right! Before I got divorced my husband put dry-erase boards on two walls of our bedroom because I would get up in the middle of the night and just need a place to write before the stuff left my brain.

    • edwardowenauthor on January 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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    You know you’re a writer when your utterance of the words “Hey, let me read this to you” turns your house into a desert wasteland complete with tumbleweeds and coyotes.

  13. OMG I Can’t stop laughing…I love this post. And my kindle is ‘precious’. You know you’re a writer when you hang out on your teens twitter sites (and their friends) just to make sure you get the lingo right…lol Made my day.

  14. Reblogged this on Cynthia Stacey and commented:
    Have to check out this post by Author Kristen Lamb.

    • Jennifer Rose on January 10, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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    Love it!!! So funny.

    …when you bake a batch of cookies the night before for the sole purpose of taking less time to eat the next day.

    …when you find yourself missing one (or more) of your characters when you are at work not writing about them.

      • edwardowenauthor on January 10, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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      Cookies! What an excellent idea 🙂

    1. Brilliant! Adding that to my repertoire.

    • Jennifer Rose on January 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm
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    or! … When you use one of your precious vacation days to stay home and work on your novels!

    Trading one work for another, eh?

    1. LOL I’ve done that countless of times!

      • Tracey Steinbach on January 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm
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      I’ve done that, too!

  15. Reblogged this on jmlibby and commented:
    reblogged! thank you for the laughs – and unsettling accuracy 😉

    • edwardowenauthor on January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    You know you’re a writer when the thought of sending a text message or posting a comment online with a grammar or spelling error makes you twitch (more than usual). You sacrifice herbs and fruit at the alter in praise of the Facebook gods who allow editing of comments and …. (Happy Dancing like Snoopy on speed) POSTS! (I read this five times before I clicked ‘Post Comment’ … rewrote part of it twice … *sigh*)

    1. LOL! Yes!

    2. Oh God yes. With Facebook there is still the horror of the posted comment reading “edited” as a constant reminder, to you and everyone else, that you made a mistake. Was absolutely mortified this morning when I realised that when I set this blog up last week I had misspelt my user name. And been commenting on a blog. A writing blog. The shame!

    3. You know you’re a writer when you feel sorry for this guy who read this five times and STILL missed the fact that he misspelled the word altar. 😉

  16. This is great! Nothing like finishing the week off with a great laugh, and kind of scary rolled in to one. Eek! I’m still not dressed, drinking coffee, and my butt has made a permanent indentation in my office chair. Oops, it might be time for a shower break too! 😛

  17. Reblogged this on Lynne St. James and commented:
    I love Kristen Lamb, if you’re an author and now following her yet you are definitely missing out! She’s informative, funny and WANA is the best group ever! So…are you a writer? I can relate to way too many of her points!

  18. ATTA GIRL!!

  19. You know you’re a writer when…. You spot the “deliberate typo” in a fellow writer’s blog and are compelled to point it out 😉

    “You’re idea of fun…” I don’t think so 😉

    1. YOU PASS! 😀

  20. I HAVE been taking life too serious lately! Just what I needed to start off my weekend, a few good belly rolls.
    I knew I was a writer when I went to speak to my daughter’s class and when I used a big word, one of the students raised his hand and told me that my daughter was the only one who knew what those big words meant! (She doesn’t understand why anyone has trouble knowing where to place commas either, lol).

    1. … oh, yes,… and you know you’re a writer when your son corrects the teacher’s grammar.

      1. My nephew did that. I used to watch them so brother and sister-in-law could go full-time to college and I would write. A teacher told nephew (Age 6) he’d “done good” and he replied, “Chickens are done, people are well.” LOLOLOLOLOL.

  21. I just loved this! I was in my “day job” laughing out loud. You know you’re a writer if your collection of scribbled napkins exceeds a six pack of Bounty Picker Uppers.

  22. I totally untangle plot problems on the way to the store. AND I definitely eavesdrop. hehe this is great.

  23. Reblogged this on Alicia M. Rodriguez and commented:
    Absolutely check out Kristen Lamb’s blog if you breathe writing! This post on “You know you’re a writer when…” will make you think twice about mumbling to yourself as you sit in Starbucks drafting your newest novel!

  24. …when you’re so deep in your writing headspace that it takes a long time to pull out of it, leading to awkward encounters at the grocery store, child’s school, with your spouse (who *are* you?)…

    For the record I no long go the store after I’ve been writing without decompressing first.

    • Christine on January 10, 2014 at 12:40 pm
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    You know you’re a writer when you start seeing ads come up online for ice picks due to the number of times you’ve researched how to kill a person with one.

    1. LOL. Good one.

  25. You know you’re a writer when…

    …your friends ask, hopefully, if that will make it into one of your books.

    …your family asks, hopefully, that it does NOT make it into one of your books…

    …your family is a living, breathing, Technicolor example of the insanity that drove you to write in the first place, because, hey, free ideas!

    …you use writing as a free form of therapy (that sometimes pays YOU) because of same-said aforementioned family.

    …you can deduct sex toys, books on witchcraft, and other sundries as “research.” (And your CPA approves of it.)

    …you celebrate any day when you put on “real” clothes and “real” shoes.

    …you mourn any day you have to actually leave the house.

    …you run dialogue past your dogs/cats/birds.

  26. This is pure brilliance! I’m sharing over on my blog:

  27. I needed this smile today. Thanks!

  28. Hah! This is fantastic — and why did I never think of hosing down the preschoolers when I had them? Brilliant!

  29. You know you are a writer when you sit quietly in the Starbucks, nursing the least expensive coffee they have, while creating in your mind a gigantic plot involving all of the staff and regulars. Except for the guy in the corner. I think he’s a writer, too. Or a sociopath. Hard to tell the difference.

    1. LOL. This is a great one.

  30. You know you’re a writer when… someone tells you a really tragic story that happened to them and the first words out your mouth are “that would make a great story”.

    1. No, the first words are, “Can I use that?” 😀

      1. So it’s not wrong that I’ve actually done that?

        *wipes brow in relief*

  31. Yikes… you’ve stripped us bare. 😀

  32. Reblogged this on serenitywriter and commented:
    Does everyone know?

  33. LMAO! You know you’re a writer when people at your favorite coffee shop don’t bat an eyelash when you chuckle manically in the corner table.

  34. Fabulous and funny!

    You know you’re a writer when you find yourself scanning your child’s sports team jerseys for possible character names.
    You know you’re a writer when you ask a restaurant to correct a misspelling its menu board.
    You know you’re a writer when you turn down a come-on from your spouse, because you have to finish your imaginary characters’ love scene first before you can have a real one of your own.

    • Melissa Lewicki on January 10, 2014 at 1:09 pm
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    …when you tell your husband that the first thing you would save in a house fire is the Time Machine that backs up all your documents on your Mac. To hell with the cat, or the family pictures, or the insurance papers. Save the manuscripts!!!!

    • samantha johnson on January 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm
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    Love your government watch list quote 😉

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Oh, yeah. I lay awake at night worrying about my back ups in case of some global catastrophe. Two nights ago it was melting of the polar caps resulting in worldwide flooding, leaving me torn between saving the family pets and old photos versus my laptop and external drive. Serious angst.

      1. oops missed by one.

    • Sheri Fredricks on January 10, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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    LOL – thanks for the busted gut this morning. Maybe I’ll skip the crunches and head straight for the treadmill.

    You know you’re a writer when… you’re happily firing weapons you want to write about so readers will get the true sense of what it feels like.

  35. You know you’re a write when…
    Your husband’s grandpa starts sending you his FB statuses for grammar and spelling checks before he will post them.
    Your toddler asks for duct tape and toilet paper for a scrape (because you never remember to buy actual band aids) and you give him a fist bump for creativity.
    Your husband asks, “Is there a reason for the huge stack of books by the bed?” Then, he puts himself in a ten minute timeout for asking such a stupid question.
    The aforementioned stack of books includes Harry Potter, The Elements of Style, and Reports of the Illinois Sate Hospital for the Insane(1847-1862).
    You watch movies about writers and laugh, and laugh, and laugh.

    Love this post! So much fun.

    • Lisanne Cooper on January 10, 2014 at 1:23 pm
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    I ::giggle:: Can’t ::giggle giggle:: Stop ::giggle giggle SNORT:: You are hilarious! Thanks for brightening my day.

    You know you’re a writer when the kids are on a first-name basis with every food delivery driver in town.

    You know you’re a writer when no one notices you reenacting the shower scene from “Psycho” in Norman Bates’s POV so you can figure out the bloodiest method of stabbing someone.

    You know you’re a writer when you fast-forward through the movie to scan the end credits for interesting character names.

    You know you’re a writer when your family no longer tries to make excuses for you (and barely even notices) when the police break down your door because the clerk at the market overheard you mumbling things like, “But he’s just GOT to die. Face it, it just won’t work unless you kill him off.”

    And finally, you know you’re a writer when you revise and edit all posts and comments numerous times before submitting, even when you find no errors the first time you read them over . . .

  36. Not only can I relate to almost everything you wrote, but I am familiar with almost every addition in the comments. It makes so much sense now. I know what I’m going to be if I grow up. (BTW, chronologically old enough to have three kiddos, one in high school.) I do troll the kids’ websites and eavesdrop regularly. I can walk to my Starbucks. I’ve named my Kindle. And I’ve edited this post three times.

  37. yes, Kristen, thanks for making me laugh, even though this stupid cold from Hades means it really, really hurts to laugh so i was doing the hunched over, strained hee-hee which might scare the “normals” but since it’s only me and “little man” and he’s taking his nap, I’m safe!!

  38. … You agree to go shopping with your spouse and tell her you’ll come into the store after you’ve finished writing this scene. 2 hours later, you stumble into the store and she says, “Oh, your done already?”

  39. You know you are a writer when you have plans and back-up plans for the zombie apocalypse.

  40. How clever! So you were spying on me while I sit here at 2pm in yesterday’s clothes, including my husband’s socks…writing, and looking at a hamper and a half of dirty clothes! With the FBI surveillance van parked outside, no less.

  41. …You refuse to remove your barrette in the security line at the airport, because it will mess up your hair, citing that “I write about faeries for crying out loud, I’m not about to hijack a transatlantic flight with a hair slide”. I got patted down but they didn’t make me remove my hair slide 😉

  42. Kristen, you are really an inspiration and more importantly, you make me laugh. (Inspiration is easier to come by than belly laughs.) So if I get a Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer can I throw away my knife? I thought the knife had served me well, but seeing the diagram on Amazon, I know I have got to have the 571.

    It continues to amaze me the ways people make money or in Amazon’s case the way they don’t make money while they take over the world. I have downloaded The Rise of the Machines…, or at least the free portion of it. I was inspired by a previous article of yours on the value of quitting. I’ve commended it to my adult children who seem hell bent on careers in creativity as opposed to making money – my hope is they can somehow do both.

    I am three years into retirement from a career in IT and some other stuff. The IT gig ended not unexpectedly, but somewhat prematurely forcing me to consider next steps such as A) find another IT job, B) retire or C) find a job in another field. I went with Plan B and that path has made all the difference (to misquote Frost). So your counsel on the virtues of quitting rang true to my experience and I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner. Oh yeah, there’s the money thing – really, they were paying me in the final years for being very unproductive and it was hard to step off the gravy train, but now I am so thankful they let me go (and gave me half a year’s severance – sometimes wait the bastards out is a good strategy).

    Allan Smorra, who is a friend and high school classmate, put me on to your blog. He’s encouraged me to write both directly and indirectly by the example of his blog. I’m exploring avenues of creativity open to even senior citizens and wanted to respond to your writing challenges in the last two articles received, with a twofer:

    Quitting an energy consuming career like IT opens windows to more creative creativity – quit your day job and pretend to be a writer/amateur tennis team captain-player/ political activist/ senior events coordinator/ high school reunion organizer.

    You know you’re a writer when ranting makes others wonder about your sanity, traveling by car to an unknown destination because you’re distracted by pursuing thoughts and/or plots in your head, needing to shave occurs to you three days later, wishing that someone would plow over the entire Kardashian family(not sure how that relates to writing, but it’s a great idea), annoying family and friends at gatherings by correcting grammatical errors and historical misstatements mixed with really bad puns, entering the room we call a library is hazardous to your health because of the narrow paths between the stacks of books which cannot be relinquished – who knows when Carlos Castaneda will come back in vogue or when Mother Jones will no longer be available, and so it goes (apologies to K. Vonnegut).
    I plead guilty to all of the above, but confess I’m uncertain still about my qualifying as a writer. (However, I would appreciate some details on how to get on the Mormon/Jehovah’s Witness DO NOT CALL LIST?)

    As a child of the ‘60’s it’s encouraging to see that stream-of-consciousness writing is not dead (even though consciousness may be). Kristen, thank you for your encouraging words and helpful tips on writing. Please blog on!

    Alpha Stacer

  43. I love it. It’s sad when you can raise your hand to several if not all on the list 🙂

  44. Reblogged this on Stephanie Hurt – Author/Accountant/Children's Minister and commented:
    This is so true for all writers!

  45. …when – you’re scared to email your writer friends for critique on a homeland terrorist story after Homeland Security handcuffed you last time you entered the country.
    …when – you got mad because you helped a nephew write his history project and the teacher marked it down because he deemed some of the facts were pure fiction. (Do your homework *&$%@)
    …when – your idea of fun is resetting your wifi ID to “FBI Surveillance Team #3” just to see what your neighbours do.

  46. This post is EPIC! Let’s see….You know you’re a writer when… the dog food starts to look good (hey, it’s COMPLETE AND BALANCED, right?). You know you’re a writer when…you hyperventilate if someone moves a stack of SOMETHING on your office floor (hey, that’s my filing system!). You know you’re a writer when…everything is tax deductible. SCORE!

    1. Don’t touch my piles!! *Hyperventilates* *eyes rolling back in head*

    • Michele Drier on January 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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    OK, OK…after checking all of these, I finally folded five loads of laundry sitting on the living room couch. I’m considering taking down the Christmas tree, but it’s still January.
    Loved it!

  47. You know you’re a writer when – everyone you know (after they’ve found out you write books) comes up to you and says – “I’ve always wanted to write a book about…..(fill in the blanks) and I’d like you to help me do it.” Or they ask for a “freebie”.

  48. You now you’re a writer when . . . people stop engaging you in conversation because the only thing you have to share is the progress of your current wip, your recent publications, and what you’re dreaming of writing next!

    Thanks for a great break in my morning! I’ve laughed, giggled, cried, and raised my hand a few too many times!

  49. Reblogged this on Sherrey Meyer, Writer and commented:
    Kristen Lamb provides great humor for Friday morning in You Know You’re a Writer When ….

  50. Lol! This was great, and I adored the photo.

  51. True, true, true. Especially the comment about overhearing dynamite dialogue that might be useful in the future.

  52. You know you’re a writer when you seriously consider cooking every food item in the house in order to make “ready made meals” so that you don’t have to put any thought or effort into cooking. Unfortunately, this plan involves cooking so you decide that soup and toast is a perfectly acceptable meal.

    1. Hey, soup and toast is a HOT, COOKED meal – how much fancier does it get?

      1. That’s my motto. But many of my non-writer friends seem to think that “isn’t balanced” and “not especially nutritious”. PFFT!

  53. That is awesome!

    • Rose on January 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm
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    You know you’re a writer when: Your favorite words to hear are “I’m sorry, I’m running late…”

    You know you’re a writer when: The person running late follows up with “Will you be? Do you have something to do?” And it’s all you can do not to laugh at them.

    “I don’t need to ‘get a life’…I’m a writer, I have LOTS of lives!”

  54. My mom sent me the link for this blog because she knew I’d find it funny. Hilarious! I’d reblog if I had WordPress. I’m definitely following now. 🙂

    You know you’re a writer when…
    …you’re on a first name basis with everyone who works at your coffee shop, including the temporary holiday staff.
    …you refer to it as “your coffee shop” or “your Starbucks”
    …you say, “How does this sound?” or “Can I read you this?” and your husband suddenly becomes VERY busy with something (usually xbox)
    …you critique a movie poorly because its “plot device was too convenient”

  55. This is completely brilliant Kristen!

  56. Reblogged this on Lara McGill and commented:
    So, so true. And doesn’t THAT give you shivers? But only you can choose whether they’re from pleasure or fear…

  57. How do I stop getting the comments on “You know when you’re a writer when…”? They are filling up my mailbox.
    Lila L. Pinord

  58. You know you’re a writer when the family starts complaining about sandwiches and eating crock-pot meals eight days out of every week. Everyone in your house is forced to wear all black clothing, even your towels and sheets are black, because you can throw it all in one wash and call it done.
    IF they make it to the dryer before they sour, you’re on top of things. Everyone has learned the dryer does double as a closet—just go grab your clothes out of it.

    You know you’re a writer when your friends stop talking to you because they’re afraid they’ll end up in your novel…as a victim.

    1. WORD. ROFL.

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  60. Reblogged this on Stafford Stories & Writing and commented:
    Great stuff!

    • Eliyahu Rooff on January 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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    You know you’re a writer when your cat jumps up on your keyboard again and your response is to fit her into the plot someplace.

  61. You know you’re a writer when you steal your daughter’s bathtub crayons so you can write the ideas that happen while you’re in the shower.

    1. Haha… I’ve known people to do this. 🙂

      • Tracey Steinbach on January 10, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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      Omg! I was just thinking that!

  62. Oh my goodness can I identify with a ton of this list, especially “We Are Not Alone

    You Know You’re a Writer When…
    “You’ve been diagnosed with Tourette’s, Multiple-Personality Disorder or both.”

    My husband often looks at me like I’m crazy when I say ‘you’ll never guess what said to me today’! 🙂 LOL, what fun!

  63. This post was witty, hilarious, and unfortunately true for most of us. However, on the bright side, I now know that I`m not crazy–there are others like me in this world…so refreshing (laughing). I just started following your blog and I love it so far. God bless. WP

  64. Reblogged this on Harmony L. Courtney and commented:
    Saw this on Leslie Gould’s facebook, and thought it was too cute not to share…
    What are YOUR thoughts? Anything you’d add?

  65. Beautiful. haha
    Saw this on a friend’s facebook page and had to follow and re-blog…

  66. Lool! This is so hilarious…and so true! Bingo!
    You know you’re a writer when you record people’s conversations to develop your plot

    You just know you’re a writer when you cry because one of your characters died…

  67. Very Cute and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog. 🙂

  68. It’s funny; my wife often asks, why don’t you write more? I think to myself, do you like your husband? Do you want to speak with your husband? Do you like the bills paid? Or do you want a semi-homeless fellow walking around the house muttering and shooing his children away because that word, that piece of dialog, that punctuation isn’t quite right.

  69. You know you’re a writer when, after reading this list, you eagerly go to Amazon to see how much the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders book is and upon finding out it’s way more than you have in the bank after paying rent, you add it to your Christmas wish list. And it’s only January 10th.

  70. You know you’re a writer when someone ticks you off and your first thought is how you will murder them in your next novel.

    You know you’re a writer when you use the dust on your nightstand to jot down that plot idea in the middle of the night.

    You know you’re a writer when you tell your friend, “As my main character always says….”

    Thanks for the post! I enjoyed it!

    1. “You know you’re a writer when you use the dust on your nightstand to jot down that plot idea in the middle of the night.” ROFL

  71. You know you’re a writer when you ask to drive, or ride if the scowls get bad, on the Bear Cat aka SRT tactical vehicle when it is stopped on the street.
    You know you’re a writer when your husband reads your work and asks if he can use that idea for the next camera he has to place.
    You know you’re a writer when you ask a police officer if he has ever used his ASP.
    Thanks for a wonderful Friday laugh. I’m now a follower!

  72. The one about laundry had me laughing out loud… says the woman who, as of today, has NO clean underpants… panties? British pants I mean the ones that go underneath.

  73. You know you’re a writer when someone interrupts you when you’re reading with a perfectly justifiable question… and you turn around and yell at them for it, ‘I’m *working*!!!!’

  74. You know you’re a writer when you buckle down and buy yourself an ugly chair that looks horrible with the decor but you’re ecstatic that it’s ergonomic with adjustable arms and you can sit in it for hours.

  75. Amazingly hilarious!! Any writer can relate 😛

  76. You know you’re a writer when you find scribbled notes that say things like “What does the drifter know?” and you don’t have a clue which book that question pertained to at the time you wrote it, because several of your now published books or WIPs have characters who might be considered drifters and might know something important. And then you always wonder if you left some crucial element out of some story somewhere.

  77. You know you’re a writer when your best friend is describing something truly horrendous that has happened to her and you’re making all the right sympathetic noises while secretly working out how to insert the whole sorry episode into the plot of your novel. Oh, she’ll never notice, you tell yourself as you slip off to the bathroom to scribble a few quick notes.

  78. You know you have become a writer instead of a cartoonist when the gag takes two sentences instead of one.

  79. You know you are a writer…when your cleaner lurks at the door to your study wiping the same bookcase for 1/2 an hour while you speak a sex scene into your voice recognition program and then you have to explain to her that you were writing a book, not masturbating!

    • Monica on January 10, 2014 at 7:46 pm
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    If your purse/bag is filled with random scraps of paper with ideas and dialogues scribbled on them.. (if you’re a girl, I don’t know what guys do)

  80. You know you are a writer when anyone who mentions WIP or MS vaults to the Top Five of your BFF list.
    Or, you can write on anything, anytime, when a Plot Point hits – the water bill. Electric bill. Your kid’s spelling list. And any square inch of virgin paper, incl0, on I-75, including a syllabus, doing 70 on I-75.

  81. Oh, oh, oh! I SO loved this. I discovered I am the ultimate writer! Up to now, I merely thought I was nuts!

    • Holly R. on January 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm
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    LOL! I love this post.

    You know you’re a write when…
    …You go to see a movie adaptation of a book, and then write a ridiculously long review on your blog reaming the director/script writer out for taking too many liberties with the book.
    Yep, I’ve done it.

  82. You know you’re a writer when you tell the people around you, “Shut up! I can’t hear the voices in my head!” Everyone else just HOPES you’re a writer.

    1. Ha ha. I can so relate to this.

  83. I laughed way too hard! I read this on my break at work, and the only reason I didn’t get funny looks was because the office cleaning lady was vacuuming, and the sound masked my giggles.

  84. You know you’re a writer when you meet a distant relative who’s a doctor and the first thing you ask them is if it’s actually possible to kill someone by injecting air into a vein. (Yes. But only if it’s 100cc (that’s 1/10 of a litre) or more – hard to conceal.)

  85. Ha, loved this. 🙂 And you know you’re a writer when you receive strange looks from people on public transport while discussing the best way to kill a character with another writer friend. 🙂

  86. Reblogged this on jbiggarblog.

  87. “You plow over the entire Kardashian family, because OMG there’s DEAN KOONTZ!” … and then plow over Dean, ‘cos, J.K. Rowling!

  88. My coworkers all think I’m nutty because I’m always remarking that such and such would be a good way to kill something or fend of a zombie apocalypse. It helps that I work in pharmaceutical manufacturing and there’s odd chemicals and machinery everywhere. Very inspirational.
    By now they don’t blink an eye when I say ‘would this respirator filter out smoke? I need to know cuz this one person in my novel…”
    Yup. Nutty.

  89. This is the funniest thing I’ve read all day!! I can’t stop laughing!

  90. I had to keep from bursting into hysterical laughter because I wouldn’t be able to explain it to my family!! How oddly accurate, too….. I am definitely a writer, and enjoy every minute of it 😀

  91. Great post, Kirsten. I had some good laughs.

  92. Reblogged this on Jenny Hansen's Blog and commented:
    If you’re a writer banging your head against your manuscript, desperate for some cameraderie and giggles, HERE’S your post. Febreze on the kid? Brilliance…pure brilliance.


  93. Really Gud! I am actually Gollum !you’re a writer if u start editing the already edited news paper and make it a point to write to them ’bout the MISTAKES.

    • Jenn on January 11, 2014 at 1:46 am
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    You know you’re a writer when…you hop out of bed at 2 in the morning because you just got the best idea for your next book…you call one of your children Jonathan Fisher, a character in your book, and he tells you, “I’m not Jonathan, Mom. I’m Jonah.” (But he really IS Jonathan, he just doesn’t know it! 😉

  94. You know you’re a writer when… you snort herbal tea out of your nose at least twice while reading Kristen’s list of ‘You know you’re a writer when’.

  95. You know you’re a writer when you use the one-handed hunt-and-peck method – very fast now – because the cat is always asleep in the other arm.
    You know you’re a writer when you’re dressed in your favorite furry boots and snow-coat while you work out the winter murder, all while the air-conditioning is going full-blast because it’s 94-degrees outside.

    Loved this! Guilty of several, and ROFLMAO on the rest!

  96. Nice post. My two cents know you are a writer when it gives you immense happiness. You know you are a writer when you are always thinking what your next post is

  97. You know you’re a writer when you look up from a WIP and wonder what time it is…and what day…and what week. (Usually I can figure out the month from looking out the window.)

  98. You know you’re a writer when you decide on how your main character earns a living, take it up as a hobby and spend a fortune in the name of research and authenticity

  99. Lol!
    I don’t need the critique, thank you, but this is hilarious.

    You know you’re a writer when your diary is full of your character’s significant dates but your spouse’s birthday is conspicuous by its absence.

    1. Oh I laughed at this one!

  100. I truly loved this post.

  101. You know you are a writer when you can’t explain to your spouse what you did all day and make it sound productive.

  102. I have a feeling you have been spying on my husband and daughter. Yesterday, she wore my snow boots, which, until yesterday, were as ugly as death….but since we just haven’t gotten to buying her snow boots that fit (pay no attention to the Zappo’s return that has been bouncing around in the back of my car for over a week), she had to cave and wear mine.

    You know you are a writer when you find yourself copying all the “do not disturb me for the rest of my life” behaviors exhibited by your own teenager.

    Later Mom. Much later.

  103. Reblogged this on blogged artistry.

  104. …when you receive a “really nice” rejection letter and get excited about it.

  105. Reblogged this on Blog of a College Writer.

  106. Reblogged this on Brainfluff and commented:
    I read this funny article by Kristen Lamb and roared with laughter – and a lot of recognition… And felt it was too good not to reprise to my own followers. So here you are…

  107. Okay, Kristen. Please turn this material into a little book for writers. It’s so encouraging to know we have a tribe.

    1. I’ll second that. You’re an amazing comic Kristen and you KNOW you have an audience.

  108. You know you’re a writer when…. tidbits of a stranger’s conversation have you obsessing over an entire plot for a novel!

  109. Okay Kristen – this post is not only hilarious, humorous – and sometimes true – it showed me clearly – I’m a writer! (In most cases though… on others I still need to work a little. *chuckle)
    Thanks for this amazing blog post!! 🙂 I love it!

  110. My wife gave me a big hug when I had her read the part about hoarding books. Now she knows I’m not the only one.

  111. . . . when you kidnap children & take them to Barnes and Noble to read to them 🙂 Thanks for the morning giggle!

  112. I love this Ms. Lamb. I laughed so hard I snorted my lemonade. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had someone say,”Cimmy, could you do XYZ” for me and wanted to scream, “Can’t it wait? I’m in the zone!” I haven’t published anything for pay, yet, and nothing nearly this funny. Seriously, this is wonderful. I haven’t read any of your books, yet, but if they’re anything like this I may have to.

  113. I LOVED this! Soooo true! Thanks for posting! 🙂

  114. You know you’re a writer when the main topic of discussion while on the phone with your co-author is the best way to publicly execute someone.

  115. … when every personal crisis become research.

  116. I’m glad I stumbled across your blog this morning. I honestly couldn’t stop laughing! Especially when you wrote we are like unicorns! So funny=)

  117. Very nice.

  118. One of the funniest articles I’ve read in a long time. Thank you!!!!!

  119. You know you’re a writer when… you sit alone at a table in the crowded movie theater lobby while multiple sets of people come and go and tell you something interesting while the whole time you are writing down their quirks, sayings and mannerisms. (Or of course hiding in the photo booth while you record it on your phone because you forgot that journal you are not supposed to leave home without.)

  120. I just had to reblog this too, Kristen. I enjoyed it (and the comments) so much. Glad you’re out there, and you’re one of us!

  121. You know you’re a writer when:
    -Letters end up transposed or missing because you type too quickly and burn out your keyboard.
    -You type out a three-paragraph rant about your jerk roommate on Facebook, and the first comment is “Terrible situation but wow! You’re a really great writer!” (this happened to me two days ago. Still mad.)
    -People tell you that you should really think about writing.
    -No matter how much money you make, the credit reporting agencies list you as “unemployed”.
    -You can’t actually think of anything pithy enough for this example to actually be comedic, but you think that, given the right amount of time and a Chris Rock marathon, you might be able to figure out how to make people smirk, point, and shake their heads, saying “it’s funny coz it’s trew!”
    -There are more books than blankets in your house (but not many more)
    -You’re willing to blow off other people to stay at home writing UNLESS
    -you have writer’s block, and then you’re the one dragging them out the door.
    -you have ever, in a bad situation, used the words “well, at least it will make a great story”.

    I don’t need to enter the contest, just thought this idea would be fun to workshop.
    (that could be another sign that I’m a writer 😉

    • Rachel on January 14, 2014 at 8:54 am
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    You know you’re a writer when someone alerts you to the existence of a rich vein of comedy Amazon reviews, and you immediately click the link and lose an hour of writing time to reading them.

    • ronnie c on January 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm
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    Thanks for this!!!

  122. You know you’re a writer when the first thing you do after buying a new laptop computer is buy a replacement keyboard for it.

  123. You know you’re a writer when… you have notebooks in your car with extra pens, as well as in your bag, so you can write down any idea that comes to you while you’re out and about.

  124. You know you’re a writer when…you take your purse when you leave the house so you have space for a notebook or three and a fistful of pens….only to leave your wallet at home because there wasnt room for it. (True story)

  125. Reblogged this on Serial Narratives.

  126. You know you’re a writer when…
    just a few words gives you three possible titles for one book,,
    or one title for three different types of books.

  127. Reblogged this on Writing by Kendra and commented:
    For all writers of the pro and amateur stage of life.

  128. This post is amazing! I’m just living this feverish status: family asking for food, clean clothes and so on… and at the same time the *voices* in my head are complaining because they’re not getting ENOUGH attention 😉

    • greyzoned on January 16, 2014 at 12:57 am
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    Hi, I just want you to know: I just nominated your blog for a Sunshine Award. Sunshine Awards are given to blogs who help bring joy to the world…and I think your blog does just that! By helping writers become better writers so we can all share our gifts with the world.
    To view your nomination and find out how the Sunshine Award works, check it out here:
    Congrats! And thanks for all the great tips!

  129. Hi Kristen,
    I follow your blog and I set up a blogroll with a link to your site. Check it out at:

    1. Thank YOU!!!! ((HUGS))

  130. You know you’re a writer when you get up in the middle of the night to stare at the blank screen, get THE IDEA five minutes before you have to leave for your day job (still wearing your pajamas – if you’re lucky, otherwise you’ll just wear blue skin and a dream of coffee) and have to be dragged off to the bus screaming, “Noooo, he’s almost dead!”

  131. This is awesome, very well put 🙂

    I’ll comment with a line I have in my short bio, as it’s still the best way I can sum up my being a writer:
    “Estrella writes, because there’s nothing else to better keep her on the right track of sanity – or prove the lack thereof all at once.”

  132. Reblogged this on deborahjay and commented:
    Too funny – but true!

  133. Love it! So scarily true…
    Reblogged to

    1. Have also added your blog to the blog roll on my site 🙂

  134. This is the best! You impress me with your insight. Definitely going to share this one with my writer/neighbor. I am NOW a follower…

  135. So funny. I needed a good laugh. Unfortunately (perhaps) many of these are also true. For example, my son and I are always joking about how many watch lists we’re on. Plus, I do own a copy of the Manual of Mental Disorders. Thank you for the giggles..

  136. Breath-taking read. Almost like a Matthew Riley-pace. Good points indeed. And what’s more? The points hit home. I know I’m a writer when I shit sweats till my daily 500 words spill out!

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