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40 Ways To Say “I’m A Writer” Without Saying “I’m A Writer” | Writer’s Relief

If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably seen posts for the #TellMeChallenge (aka Tell Me Without Telling Me), a social game where you find a way to reply without using the words in the challenge. Variations have included “Tell me you’re an artist without telling me you’re an artist” and “Tell me you’re a parent without telling me you’re a parent.” At Writer’s Relief, we decided to give it a whirl and come up with inventive ways you can say “I’m a writer” without using the words “I’m a writer.” Here’s the challenge: Tell us you’re a writer without telling us you’re a writer! What would you add to this list?

How To Say “I’m A Writer” Without Saying “I’m A Writer”

  1. I have a bookshelf dedicated entirely to notebooks, but none of them are written in.
  2. Somehow, my To-Be-Read pile is bigger than my Have-Read pile and is growing every day.
  3. All of my pens have chewed caps from hours spent staring at a blank page.
  4. I keep a notebook next to my bed so I can write down my dreams first thing in the morning.
  5. I have a part of my monthly budget set aside specifically for literary magazine subscriptions.
  6. My room is littered with scraps of notebook paper.
  7. The Notes app on my phone is filled with snippets of poems or random lines that belong in my current work in progress.
  8. I carry a tiny notebook around everywhere with me. Inspiration could strike at any moment!
  9. My brain is full of fun, random facts, and I can’t help but share them with anyone I encounter.
  10. I have a drawer in my desk full of unfinished and abandoned manuscripts, short stories, or poems.
  11. Speaking of overflowing desk drawers, I also have a drawer dedicated to flash drives and external hard drives, because I know (from experience) how important it is to back up my work.
  12. I have more than one open Word document on my computer at all times.
  13. I always carry a pen.
  14. I think of my characters as real people, and sometimes forget that they are, in fact, creations of my imagination.
  15. I am the friend everyone comes to for book recommendations.
  16. I read a book once for the story, and then every reread after that is to dissect how the author wrote it.
  17. I keep an active Goodreads account.
  18. I exist in one of two camps: Books are sacred and never to be marred, or all of my books have underlines, highlights, and dog-eared pages.
  19. If a friend sees my Internet search history, I feel the need to reassure them that the contents were for book research.
  20. I can name my top three favorite authors, no problem.
  21. I can name my top three favorite books too, but it takes a bit more thought.
  22. I am often sequestered with a laptop or a notebook.
  23. I am constantly asking other writers if they have advice about how to defeat writer’s block.
  24. The sides of my hands are smudged with ink from writing in that notebook I always carry.
  25. I proofread everything, especially restaurant menus.
  26. Sometimes I think the only sustenance I need comes in the form of tea and coffee.
  27. I talk to my plants (or my dog, or my mirror) in my characters’ voices so I can hear the dialogue out loud. It’s important for it to sound authentic!
  28. I get incredibly attached to the characters in my favorite books.
  29. I use plot-related words like “deus ex machina” while watching a movie with my family.
  30. I listen to a lot of instrumental music.
  31. I have a favorite brand of pen and notebook.
  32. All of my friends know they can expect me to send them my work to read, because I want to get as many eyes on it as possible to help me revise.
  33. I have a 13-inch laptop with nothing but Scrivener installed, and I carry it everywhere.
  34. The bulletin board on my wall is filled with pins and note cards that get rearranged often.
  35. My friends come to me for procrastination tips.
  36. Awesome weekend plans = hanging out in a bookstore.
  37. I have 10 different WIP files on my computer with the same name.
  38. I am always randomly staring off into space.
  39. I have a vitamin D deficiency because I rarely go outside.
  40. I read all the way to the end of this list!

 

Question: Which of these “I’m a writer” statements do you identify with most?

 

 

 

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