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You may be a writer if ...

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, and she can be found on Twitter @JennRHubbard.
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