Writing is truly an art. And you know what they say about artists. Purportedly, they are, in a word… weird. In contrast, writers are allegedly… um… eccentric. Yes, that’s it. You know. Marginally peculiar. Sometimes even borderline bizarre.
If you think you might be just a wee bit crazy, you might be a writer
Are all writers truly crazy? They have been labeled so. And alcoholics, loners, insane and depressed. Oh, and suicidal. Edgar Allen Poe was undeniably, shall we say, slightly unbalanced. But look at the stories and poems that spewed from this guy like lava from a volcano. Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton all great, accomplished writers… all dead from suicides. Enough said.
If you’re a really good liar, you might be a writer
If you can’t lie your way out of a paper bag, you probably aren’t going to make much of a writer. Lying… really good lying… takes imagination. Possibly more than any other career choice, save for say, an inventor. But writers do sort of invent if you think about it. Particularly fiction writers. They invent characters, situations and storylines. What’s more, writers get to lie and not only get away with it but get paid for it and sometimes even receive respect and accolades for what they’ve lied about… err, written.
If you feel somehow less than fulfilled, you might be a good writer
Of all the things you’ve never done, how many of them could your characters do? Writers can essentially live vicariously through their stories and their characters. Name your characters with all those wild names you never got to give your kids or your pets. Climb that mountain, hunt that big game, rob that bank, kill that son-of-a-bitch that stole your girlfriend. The possibilities are limitless. Best thing about it is no broken bones, no fines for shooting an endangered species, no jail time and no lethal injection. Go nuts!
If a day without writing is like a day without air, you could be a writer
Writers are fulfilled not so much by what they write as much as by the mere fact that they write at all. It’s like a performer performing. Like an emergency medical worker going on that big trauma call. A writer feels fulfilled by their writing. They feel alive. Sure, a day off here and there is not only appreciated but necessary to avoid burnout. And God forbid a writer becomes burned out or even worse… develop a serious (and sometimes fatal) case of writer’s block.
So how does someone normal become a writer? They don’t. They read.