Calamity Rene created a fun test to separate the "writers" from the rest of the world's population. I have used it with permission. Enjoy!
Read through the list of markers below to determine what kind of writer you are. Count up how many describe you and then see the totals at the bottom to learn which kind of writer you are. Tell us in the comments. Let's have some fun with this.
Thanks, Calamity, for creating this for us!
You know you're a writer when...
1. You see someone on TV who you think looks just like one of your characters.
2. You read a book and are certain that writer ripped you off somehow.
3. You think of your characters as your friends.
4. You reenact a scene from your story and do the dialogue for all the characters.
5. You watch a movie with your friends and you can't stop saying, "I'm totally using that line in my book."
6. Your mood depends on what's going on in your book.
7. You'd rather write than watch TV.
8. You cry while you write a sad scene in your story.
9. You get mad when someone says they think you should make your favorite character die.
10. You get so excited when you're assigned a two week research paper.
11. You dream about your story/stories.
12. You dream about your bad guy character trying to kill you.
13. The kids of your mom's friend go home and ask their mom to rent the
movie you were telling them about, when in reality you were just telling
them a story.
14. You do hands-on research to figure out how it would feel to be your character in whatever situation you're researching.
15. You model your child character after the kid you babysit.
16. You get mad when your character makes the wrong decision.
17. You can't stand the naughty kids in the books you read, but you love writing those kids to torment your characters.
18. You play your stories.
19. You wish you could live in the imaginary world sometimes.
20. When people ask you what your favorite book character is you tell them the one from your own book.
21. You have actually emailed the FBI to ask them questions for your story.
22. You get really excited about research.
23. You borrow tons of books from the library to get inspiration or ideas for scenes in your stories.
24. You rewrite movies/books/TV shows to the way you like them.
25. You own an outfit just like the one your character wears.
26. You write your own commercials for your stories.
27. You find that you can't remember what was from your stories and what was real when you're recalling life events.
28. You actually can't stand to let your favorite bad guy die and you bring him back again...and again and again and again for many sequels.
29. Your friends think you're talking about real people when you're actually talking about your characters.
30. You begin to believe that your characters are taking over the story and controlling it . . . instead of you!
1-5: Random Dreamer: You like to make up stories a lot but find that it's hard
to actually finish something and often you find yourself having to push
yourself to sit down and write.
5-10: Hibernating Scribbler: You enjoy writing and do it in your spare time,
though during school you don't usually find the inspiration to write and
would rather be doing something else.
10-15: Iffy Jotter You love to write and try to do it as much as
you can, though many times you take several week breaks. When Writer's
Block hits you're really stuck.
15-20: Jumpy Visionier: You love to write and often start many, many stories
that you can't possibly finish, thus frustrating yourself and never
actually getting things done except those stories you really put a lot
of effort into.
20-25: Furious Fingers: You really love writing and just can't get
enough of it- you write something every single day and eighty percent of
the time finish what you write, though you do have a lot of abandoned
stories or just ideas that someday you may or may not write. You rarely
get Writer's Block and have over ten stories finished.
25-29: Flying Typist You LOVE writing so much and are constantly typing up a
new idea or story or something and can't stop creating new things. You
finish most of what you write and then start something new, often
tackling three part series in a matter of weeks. Your biggest problem is
jumping from story to story to story, though you do finish most of what
you write you often reread what you wrote a month before and then
rewrite the whole story.
All 30: Writer Maniac: You're hooked. You think, breathe and live your
stories. Often you have to take a break from writing so you don't mix
reality with the imaginary, but your mind is always returning to that
one scene or story you were going to write. You are constantly seeing
people in stores that look like your characters and suspiciously
considering that perhaps they escaped your book.
P.S. I took the test and I am FURIOUS FINGERS. (I have never emailed the FBI but I know a young author who did! And her book is published now, and she is 17 years old. If she had a website, I would post the link here!) But here is a picture of her cover:
Click the link below to find out more and how to order it!