“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” - Enid BagnoldSome say writers are born, others … are made. Either way, one thing’s for sure – Writers write! Have you ever wondered what would have happened if you just wrote? If you would have made a great writer? Just scribbling down your thoughts, and amidst the chaos of those written words, there it is! – like a little fire in a thick forest; that phrase, statement, sentence that seems to encompass everything you’re feeling & thinking right that second. Newsflash – You’re, somewhat of, a writer. There are a few signs that you may have missed that show that you have what it takes to thrive in the field of writing. Even if you’ve got a stable career and family; one thing is certain … it is never too late to start writing.
SIGNS THAT YOU ARE A WRITER 1. Are you an Introvert (very shy); meaning you would rather be alone with your thoughts than chill with friends. Then, you may just be a writer, besides you’ve got all the time in the world.
2. Do you have problems expressing yourself orally, and you seem great at writing them? Look no further, you’re a writer. 3. Do you dream to one day have a career that affords you to be in your pyjamas/underwear all day? And work from home? It’s real; some people want a career where they have to look professional all day, while others just want to work from their bedrooms. 4. You Are An Observer – You usually find yourself in the middle of a conversation, and then it suddenly feels like you’re floating above yourself, watching the whole thing unfold. An obvious lack of attention, because you’re thinking to yourself, “This is it!” How am I going to describe this later!?” While it’s not considered a good trait, you might as well make the most out it by writing about it. 5. You Read Voraciously (You have more books than friends) – Writers are readers, it is just a fact of life. That is not to say that everyone who reads can write, but any aspiring writer that doesn’t read should consider a change in career pronto! As writers are drawn to books like ants to sugar. 6. Do you feel this compulsion to write? And when you don’t write, do you feel like something is missing? Good news, you are already a writer. 7. Have you ever fantasized about writing? Or have you just fantasized more than you think is normal? If you have a tendency to drift off to fantasy land you may be a writer. One of the traits of a great story teller is the ability to fantasize vividly, with the little details. Many writers can do this at will and some can do it while keeping up with a conversation. 8. Story Telling - a love of telling stories is essential to enjoying the craft of writing. Many cultures, if not all, have storytelling etched in their backgrounds as telling stories has been seen as a vital medium to keep tradition alive as it passes through generations. 9. Do children prefer you tell them a story of your own making rather than from a book? Children are very good at recognizing a writer/storyteller, even better than adults. 10. Did you enjoy writing when you were young? If you enjoyed writing when you were a child, it could be a sign that you were meant to write. Children know what they like and tend to know what they will do with their life even if they cannot express it. 11. If you call writing, during your self-imposed schedule, as “going to work” or “working”, then you are! 12. Do you have more than a couple of notebooks filled with writing from cover to cover? When writers first start out, they write anywhere and everywhere. Anyone who has jumped out of bed after a dream and frantically searched in the dark for something to write with, and on, is on the right track. Do you feel the need to always write everything you experience? 13. Has your job, in a way, trained you how to tell a story? Then seize the day! 14. Have you ever been told that you’re a writer? Sometimes it takes that one person—a teacher, a parent, a friend, a lover—to give you a nudge and help you find your path.
Now that you’ve discovered that you are a writer; don’t forget to hone your skills. It’s one thing to be a writer; it’s quite another to be a Great Writer. Happy writing.
BY: Olusola Agbaje