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In addition to being a talented writer, my friend and fellow NJAN member, Jennifer R. Hubbard, has a great blog here on LiveJournal (writerjenn). 

This week, she kindly agreed to share a few wisdomous words here on An Englishman in New Jersey


You may be a writer if... by Jennifer R. Hubbard

You may be a writer if ...

You find yourself correcting the grammar and punctuation on signs, in song lyrics, and in advertisements.

You mentally recast every movie you see, and/or mentally rewrite the ending.

You have little scraps of paper everywhere with your thoughts scribbled on them.

You have “pen finger” (permanent ink smudges and/or calluses), or you’ve worn letters off your computer keyboard, or both.

You think better with a pen in your hand or a keyboard under your fingers.

You have worried about whom to thank in your Nobel/Pulitzer/Newbery/Oscar-best-screenplay speech. (You laugh self-deprecatingly at yourself for worrying about this.)

Your significant other has to make his/her way through your living space by tunneling through piles of books, or has to pry the e-reader out of your hands to get your attention, or both.

Libraries and bookstores are among your favorite places on earth.

When you overhear strange conversations in public places, you think, “That would make a great story.”

You often say, “No, but I read the book.”

You write.


If you notice any of these symptoms, seek help immediately. Help may consist of good books, writers’ conferences, blogs, or videos in which cats do amusing things.


       

Jennifer R. Hubbard is the author of contemporary young-adult novels The Secret Year and Try Not to Breathe, both from Viking/Penguin. Her website is www.jenniferhubbard.com, and she can be found on Twitter @JennRHubbard.


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ladysaotome
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
I read "you might be a writer" lists before but I think this may be the first time I said yes to all but one of the criteria. :)
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
:-) Welcome to the club!
msstacy13
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...

Maybe I'm not a writer after all...
I've never worried about whom to thank
when I receive the Nobel Prize...
:)
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
So you're more humble than I am ... or your fantasies are more realistic! ;-)

ETA: I meant MORE humble, of course, though I originally wrote less.
Probably your neurons are better-organized than mine, too!

Edited at 2012-01-26 12:40 am (UTC)
msstacy13
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Or maybe my reality is more fantastic?
Hmmm...

Anyway, you were right the first time.
If I actually mention all the people I've promised to mention
when I receive the Nobel Prize,
my acceptance speech could drag on for hours...
:)
jongibbs
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
Great list, Jenn :)
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for hosting me!
tracy_d74
Jan. 25th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
Hmmm? It seems I have this affliction...So is there a pill for this affliction?
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
It's incurable, in a happy kind of way.
bogwitch64
Jan. 25th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
I love it! And I love that I answered yes to every one of these things but one...my fam doesn't have to crawl through clutter to reach me. I'm obsessive about keeping my work area neat. I can't work in clutter.
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Do you like keeping other people's work spaces neat, too? *hint hint*

I am shameless.
bogwitch64
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
Heh-heh. Well, if I was working there too!
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 25th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
LOL, thanks for the laugh this morning :)

Julie
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
clarionj
Jan. 25th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, how nice to have it confirmed here that I must be a writer. How true all of these are.

It made me smile.
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! :)
Marie Gilbert
Jan. 25th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
You may be a writer
This was great. I answered yes to all the questions.
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: You may be a writer
Nice to meet a kindred spirit!
katywriter
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC)
I love this Jen! I've done #3,5,7,9,11&12, lol. I've done 6/12, that's pretty bad right?
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Here's a secret: #12 is really the most important. :-)
mary_j_59
Jan. 26th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
This is great! I guess I'm a writer; I missed only one or two of these.
writerjenn
Jan. 26th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
Welcome aboard! :-)
AngelinaCHansen
Jan. 27th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Or when a friend gifts you a bookmark with a praying mantis on it that says, "Don't bug me, I'm reading." It's become one of my favorite lines.
writerjenn
Jan. 27th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
It is great. Actually, being the kind of person who gets bookmarks as gifts is itself a clue. ;-)
Mieke Zamora-Mackay
Jan. 27th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh well, that's it. It's settled then. I just may be a writer, after all.

This was funny, Jenn, but true at the same time.
writerjenn
Jan. 27th, 2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! (I already knew you were a writer.)
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