You Know You're a Writer When-

Most everyone of you who reads my blog writes to some point or another. That's what brought most of us together-a love of writing and reading. I think it's time we compile the list of 'You Know When...' and YOU tell which one of these applies to you! Then I'll have a grading session at the end to determine what kind of writer you are. Good luck!

You know you're a writer when...

1You see someone on TV who you think looks just like one of your characters.

2 You read a book and are certain that writer ripped you off somehow.

3 You think of your characters as your friends.

4 You reenact a scene from your story and do the dialogue for all the characters.

5 You watch a movie with your friends and you can't stop saying, "I'm totally using that line in my book."

6 Your mood depends on what's going on in your book.

7 You'd rather write than watch TV.

8You cry while you write a sad scene in your story.

9 You get mad when someone says they think you should make your favorite character die.

10 You get so excited when you're assigned a two week research paper.

11 You dream about your story/stories.

12 You dream about your bad guy character trying to kill you.

13 The kids of your mom's friend go home and ask their mom to rent the movie you were telling them about, when in reality you were just telling them a story.

14 You do hands-on research to figure out how it would feel to be your character in whatever situation you're researching.

15 You model your child character after the kid you babysit.

16 You get mad when your character makes the wrong decision.

17 You can't stand the naughty kids in the books you read, but you love writing those kids to torment your characters.

18 You play your stories.

19You wish you could live in the imaginary world sometimes.

20 When people ask you what your favorite book character is you tell them the one from your own book.

21 You have actually emailed the FBI to ask them questions for your story.

22 You get really excited about research.

23 You borrow tons of books from the library to get inspiration or ideas for scenes in your stories.

24 You rewrite movies/books/TV shows to the way you like them.

25 You sometimes wonder if your characters are controlling the stories, not you.

26 You own an outfit just like the one your character wears.

27 You write your own commercials for your stories.

28 You find that you can't remember what was from your stories and what was real when you're recalling life events.

29 You actually can't stand to let your favorite bad guy die and you bring him back again...and again and again and again for many sequels.

30 Your friends think you're talking about real people when you're actually talking about your characters.

Grade yourself!

1-5: You like to make up stories a lot but find that it's hard to actually finish something and often you find yourself having to push yourself to sit down and write.

5-10: You enjoy writing and do it in your spare time, though during school you don't usually find the inspiration to write and would rather be doing something else.

10-15: You love to write and try to do it as much as you can, though many times you take several week breaks. When Writer's Block hits you're really stuck.

15-20: You love to write and often start many, many stories that you can't possibly finish, thus frustrating yourself and never actually getting things done except those stories you really put a lot of effort into.

 20-25: You really love writing and just can't get enough of it- you write something every single day and eighty percent of the time finish what you write, though you do have a lot of abandoned stories or just ideas that someday you may or may not write. You rarely get Writer's Block and have over ten stories finished.

25-29: You LOVE writing so much and are constantly typing up a new idea or story or something and can't stop creating new things. You finish most of what you write and then start something new, often tackling three part series in a matter of weeks. Your biggest problem is jumping from story to story to story, though you do finish most of what you write you often reread what you wrote a month before and then rewrite the whole story.

All 30: You're hooked. You think, breathe and live your stories. Often you have to take a break from writing so you don't mix reality with the imaginary, but your mind is always returning to that one scene or story you were going to write. You are constantly seeing people in stores that look like your characters and suspiciously considering that perhaps they escaped your book.

Where do you fall in these categories? I'd say rarely do any of us get to thirty, I know I don't! I fall into the twenty-five to twenty-nine category, though I definitely have some characteristics from the twenty to twenty-five category too. :) This was just something fun I wrote up, obviously no one fits completely into one category. :)

Copy the test and email it to your writing friends and have them take the test! This is a really fun activity to do with authors of all ages, so feel free to send it on! Also make sure to add some of your own You know you're a writer when... at the bottom of your comments on my blog so I can add them to the next test I write up. :)

Have a good week and God Bless!



  1. I'm 20 to 25. I can't tell you how many times I've done 11! LOL! :)

    1. Hehe, I think both you, Yope and I fall into that category A LOT. ;D Thanks for commenting Olivia, so glad to see you on the blog!

      -Calamity Rene

  2. I'm 20-25. Is it okay if I copy and paste this for a post on my blog?

    1. Absolutely! Go ahead and share it with other people, it was just a fun thing I wrote up for all my writer friends! :)

      Thanks for commenting/and asking!

      -Calamity Rene

  3. I think that I fall in the 15-20 category!
    Calamity Rene, so you have 8 siblings, how old are you and your siblings?
    I am the oldest of 7 kids from 1-13 :)

    Ri (I found your blog from jesseca's and part way from Andi's blog!)

    1. Yikes! I forgot to reply to these! Sorry about that. :)
      Yes, I have eight siblings. :) I am seventeen, and am the fourth youngest. Our age range is 31, 29, 25, 22, 19, 17, 16, 13 and 10.
      Big families are the best!
      Thanks for commenting and I hope to see more comments from you soon!

      -Calamity Rene

  4. Hmm... I'm not sure.. I'm only thirteen, so I don't have many of my own original works made. But let me tell you, I do all that with the Circle C books! I imagine all the time that I'm on the Circle C ranch! I've gotta a lot of starts to a lot of different stories.

    1. Audrey, if you like Circle C I bet you'd love this old Western called Big Valley. It's a lot like Circle C and I think you'd enjoy it. :)
      Thanks for commenting!

      -Calamity Rene

  5. Hehe, I just did 11. :)
    And I agree with you Audrey, I don't have any books published, and i do that stuff with the circle c books!
    They are my favorite series, i have like the whole series loaned out to 4 different people. They all love them!


  6. I wasn't very high when I took the test because many of those things didn't apply to me. (I hated any kind of writing when I was in school, but my best friends and I imagined and played stories all the time.)

    You know you're a writer when:
    1. When a scenery picture sparks your creativity and you have to write a story about it.
    2. When you tell yourself stories all the time about certain characters even if you never write them down.
    3. When you wake up in the morning remembering part of a dream and just have to add it to your story.
    4. When you have so many stories started or in your head waiting to come out that you spend 15 minutes trying to decide which story to work on. :)
    5. When writing is your favorite "chore."

    1. Thanks for commenting Rebekah, sorry it took me a while to reply I forgot about these comments. :)
      I love your additions to the quiz, those are great. I used to play stories with my friends a lot too when I was younger, though one of my dear friends used to get mad at me because I'd mix barrel racing in between the jump course, which of course no one does in real life. ;)
      Thanks for commenting!

      -Calamity Rene


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