I found this meme on a fellow Fiction Press author’s page and I thought it would be fun to share here. These symptoms of writing mania are definitely exaggerated during NaNoWriMo season.
1. You would rather talk to the voices in your head than the person sitting next to you.
2. You know the research librarian’s office, cell, and home phone numbers, but can’t remember your own.
3. Some of the letters on your keyboard are completely worn off. (This has happened to me. With many keyboards.)
4. You would rather write than go out.
5. Your/you’re and their/there/they’re errors send you into an apoplectic fit. (And make me want to punch the person who committed such a heinous offense.)
6. You get cranky if you don’t get to write.
7. You’ve ever said, “The voices are getting louder; I must go write.”
8. When talking with others, you mentally edit their dialogue and compose tags and beats. (Happens all the time.)
9. You’ve heard/seen something and thought, “I need to write that down.” (That happened every single day in high school, community college, and university.)
10. You’ve ever written a scene, outline, synopsis, or character sketch on a restaurant napkin . . . and it wasn’t a paper napkin.
11. You wake up in the middle of the night and scramble for the pen and paper you keep next to your bed to write down a scene to make the voices be quiet so you can get some sleep.
12. You end an argument with your boyfriend/girlfriend by saying, “Oh, wait, I have to write this down – this is the perfect conflict for my characters! Now, repeat what you just yelled.” (Yes. Many times.)
13. Getting the scene finished is more important than food, coffee, or the bathroom. (Not more important than coffee.)
14. You have a momentary reality lapse and mention your characters’ situation as a prayer request in Sunday school.
15. A blank wall becomes the screen where the scene you’re writing takes place right in front of your eyes.
16. The easiest way for you to deal with conflict is to go home and write it into your story.
17. You purposely eavesdrop when out in public. (It’s the only reason I do go out in public, haha!)
18. At parties, your method of making conversation is to discover people in the room with interesting occupations (preferably your hero’s or heroine’s) so you can conduct research.
19. You listen to the writer’s commentary on every DVD so that you can analyze his/her writing process.
20. You enjoy reading mostly so you can analyze the author’s writing style and use it to work on your own style.
21. You have a favorite line from every movie you’ve seen.
22. You can’t write because you’re mad at one of your characters.
23. You argue with said character (and even lose sometimes).
24. You wake up at 3:00AM with an idea for a plot and immediately grab a pencil and paper, and rather than go back to sleep, you stay up the rest of the night fleshing out your plot and developing characters. Then you stay so focused on it that you don’t feel your lack of sleep until the following morning. (One of the few things in this list that’s never happened to me.)
25. You have a folder on your computer labeled “Ideas.” Some of the files within this folder have only one or two words or sentences and while they made perfect sense fifteen years ago, between the software changes in that period of time garbling half the words and your own faulty memory, you have no idea what it means or where you were going with it. But you keep it anyway because you never know, you might remember it eventually. (So true.)
How many of these fit you? 🙂