21 Clear and Evident Symptoms, Which Determine That You Are a Writer at Heart

Updated on July 4, 2020
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Chitrangada loves to read and write.The many possibilities of Online writing excites, and enthuses her, to rediscover herself as a writer.

Are you a writer? What are the symptoms, which can determine that you are a writer?
Are you a writer? What are the symptoms, which can determine that you are a writer? | Source
A day in the life of a writer.
A day in the life of a writer. | Source

What makes you think that you are a writer?

Those who are passionate about writing, will understand, about what I am referring to, when I ask, what makes you think, that you are a writer.

Writing, in my opinion, comes naturally to people.

It can be a conscious decision for some, to adopt writing as a profession. But in most cases, it is there inside your heart.

And sooner or later, it will be evident to you, as well as those who are around you, that you are a writer.

A true writer, writes for the pure joy of expression. It makes the writer happy, and content, to see his/ her words being published, and the readers, enjoying the work.

Whether it earns the writer good money, or not, is another story.

But the satisfaction of being read, appreciated, by the people, is more than enough to inspire him/ her to write more.

Here I want to discuss, certain signs and symptoms, which determine that you are a writer indeed.


If you are a writer, a poem must be in the process of composition, when you come across this beautiful scenery
If you are a writer, a poem must be in the process of composition, when you come across this beautiful scenery | Source

21 Clear Symptoms to Determine that you are a Writer

  1. Even when you are not writing, you find yourself, always thinking about writing.
  2. Every person you meet, or interact, is a possible character in your next story.
  3. You go out for a walk, in the market, in the park, or other places, and an article, or a story, is already in the process, of being written in your mind.
  4. Your mind is most active, when others think, you are relaxing.
  5. The bouts of imagination are at it’s peak, especially during sleep time. And it is quite possible, that you would get up in the quietness of the night, go to the other room, and jot down your ideas on a notepad, while your spouse is sleeping peacefully.
  6. You miss writing, when you are not actually writing.
  7. You feel guilty, if you didn’t read, or write on a particular day.
  8. When, you very excitedly announce, to your spouse, or other family members, that you finished a writing project, and they have an expression on their faces, (like—-‘What’s so great about it?’). But they do encourage and smile anyway, and say, ‘Good, well done!’
  9. When you never feel lonely, because you have so much to think about, to write about.
  10. Your belongings, such as your purse, your almirahs, your car dashboard, are all filled with several notepads, diaries, small notes, with one line, or one paragraph, or one stanza scribbled over them.

Step into a scene and let it drip from your fingertips.

—M J Bush

Are you a writer?
Are you a writer? | Source
 Nature provides wonderful inspiration to writers
Nature provides wonderful inspiration to writers | Source

Some Clear Signs That You are a Writer

11. When your Family is not as enthusiastic about your writing endeavours, as your writer friends.

12. When your online search history may surprise your family, as to what you are

upto.

It’s better to delete your search history, rather than look into their questioning faces.

13. Hundreds of ideas are flowing in your mind, but when you sit down to write, you

are stuck up at the very first sentence.

14. You are a writer, when you subscribe to many writing websites, or videos.

15. You save any page on the Internet, which you think is well written.

And sometimes, you may think, ‘Oh! Why I didn’t think of writing this!’

16. Whenever you read a novel, or see a movie, you are thinking about including

some of the interesting part, in your next writing project.

17. You know you are a writer, because you have put on weight, due to long hours of

sitting in front of your computer, or writing place.

18. You join various writing groups on social media, and keep on reading about the

lives, and activities of other fellow writers.

This is to learn more about the art of writing, through them, and being thankful that you are not alone, if something is troubling you, in the writing field.

19. You are a writer, when writing is nothing less, than falling in love with something.

So much so, that it becomes food for your soul, and the very purpose of your

existence.

20. You are a writer, because your family and friends request you to write, The Thank

You notes, The Congratulatory messages, the important e-mails and letters, because

they trust you are the best at it.

21. You are a writer, if you read and enjoyed this article, with a constant smile on your

face.

The writer is by nature a dreamer—a conscious dreamer.

—-Carson McCullers

A writer’s life, Source: YouTube

Writing is an enjoyable experience

To conclude, I believe writing is an enjoyable and satisfying experience.

Apart from self satisfaction, and the joy of expression, it can help others to benefit from your experience.

The joy of being read and appreciated overrides everything else, especially the money part.

It is a means of communication, and sharing of ideas and facts with others.

And the contentment doubles, if the readers find your writing work useful to them, in a significant way.

Writers do have a positive impact, and a significant influence on the society.

So, take pride in your profession.

Chitrangada Sharan



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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      17 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You so much Audrey, for your positive comments!

      I am glad that you can relate to this article. And no wonder about that. You are an excellent writer and a wonderful vocal coach.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and encouraging words.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm glad this was posted on facebook, because somehow I missed it. I answered yes to all 21 symptoms! I'm a writer for sure. #10 made me laugh because this describes me so well.

      A marvelous article!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peg, for reading and appreciating the article!

      I am glad that you can relate to this article. I believe it’s a blessing to have a creative mind like a writer. And yes, only a writer can understand that feeling.

      Thanks a lot and Happy Women’s Day to you.

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      Peg Cole 

      18 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This is spot on, Chitrangada. Family and friends often don't understand the compulsion to put words on a page like a writer does. And wherever I go, there are characters ready to be put into words. I also have scads of tablets, composition books, post it notes and scraps of paper with jots of a paragraph or two written on them. LOL

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      18 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You BRENDA ARLEDGE, for sharing your thoughts! I completely agree with you. My mind is always thinking, traveling to remote places, imagining things and stories, which can’t be understood by people around me.

      Thanks for reading and agreeing with the thoughts expressed in this article.

      Have a good day!

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      18 months ago from Washington Court House

      I really enjoyed your article. It is so true how our minds wonder constantly...how i wish i could just fall asleep some nights but my mind is always thinking.

      And yes...others just do not get it. But to us...it is paradise.

      We could nit live without words floating inside our minds.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      19 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Lori Colbo, for liking this article and sharing your thoughts!

      I would love to read the book, you mentioned in your comments. Thanks for sharing the beautiful reference. So suitable for this article and the writing community.

      Many thanks and good day to you!

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      Lori Colbo 

      20 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I loved this and say Amen. I read a book by David Morrell (Who wrote First Blood which became the Rambo movies) who shared his journey of becoming a writer. He mentioned a class he taught and asked the students why they want to be a writer. They gave answers like money fame, expression of feelings etc. Morrell's final answer to them was we write because we must. Yep, that nails it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi unknown spy/ not found!

      So good to see you back. Yes, you are a wonderful writer. Thanks for appreciating the article.

      I took the pictures of these beautiful and colourful trees last year, when I had visited my son and daughter-in-law at San Francisco. Glad you liked it and the article. Have a good day!

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      Life Under Construction 

      23 months ago from Neverland

      I think I am! :)

      Love the pictures, the trees with red leaves? I see those trees around here, now that it's fall season. Love it so much.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      23 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Nell for reading and commenting on this article! Pleased to read your feedback.

      Thank You and good day to you!

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      Nell Rose 

      23 months ago from England

      I wrote about 20 pages today of my book. and those darn characters did their own thing! lol! and that's the thing about being a writer, a good one or bad one. chasing characters to see where they go! This was great Chitrangada!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Nithya, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you could relate to to this.

      Thanks and good day to you!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading the symptoms that point towards being a writer at heart. Great list and hats off for such a wonderful article.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks RTalloni, for sharing your thoughts here—And they sound so much like me. I am glad to know that you can relate to the article.

      So good to read your comments. Much appreciated! Thank You so much!

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago

      Yes! I miss writing when I'm not writing. I will often think to myself that if I quickly do things I must do, quickly take care of things I must take care of then I can have more time for writing. On the other hand, I put off writing in order to do other things and find that even though I'm busy writing is rolling around the back of my head, knocking at my brain's backdoor wanting to come into the front room. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Tamara for following me on Pinterest.

      I will also find and follow you.

      Have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Tamara, for your kind words of appreciation!

      I am glad to know that you can relate to the article.

      Much love and hugs!

      Thank You!

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      BBYCGN 

      2 years ago from Uninhabited Regions

      I just found you on Pinterest and followed you. I think my Pinterest name is “Authenticity”. I change it sometimes.

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      BBYCGN 

      2 years ago from Uninhabited Regions

      Love this post! Great list of truthful and clever reasons that prove to ourselves that we are a “writer at heart”.

      Hugs!

      Tamara

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Shaloo, for stopping by!

      Appreciate your positive comments.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Interesting hub with valid points!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Devika!

      Thanks for reading and appreciating the article.

      Good to see you after a long time. Hope, you get into the writing mode soon, and we can enjoy reading your interesting articles. I checked that you haven’t published new articles here on HP lately.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like your ideas about a writer at heart lately I have fallen away from writing so I don't consider myself in that way.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Manatita for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article!

      I am glad you liked it. Thanks for your support and feedback.

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      Lots of nice ideas on writing and fòod for thought. I do not usually think too much about it, but perhaps some of your categories will suit me.

      Intelligent piece about writers on the whole.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You MsDora, for appreciating the article!

      You are a great writer, so you must be experiencing these symptoms.

      I am glad you could relate to the article.

      Thanks for your encouraging words. Have a wonderful day!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      I "suffer" most of these symptoms. Quite a good read, and I totally agree that "the satisfaction of being read, appreciated, by the people, is more than enough."

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Peggy, for your kind comments and support!

      Always a pleasure to read positive feedback, from writer friends like you. It’s really encouraging.

      Glad that you liked the points in the article. Thank You so much!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Rinita, for reading and commenting!

      Much appreciated and happy writing!

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have touched upon many points of what it is like being a writer whether it is profitable or not. It is always heartening to get good feedback.

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      Rinita Sen 

      2 years ago

      Well said, and I agree with most of the points. Happy writing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Doris, for your encouraging words of appreciation.

      It’s a pleasure to know that you inherited your story telling abilities from your father. A good story teller is also a good writer, and that explains it.

      My inspiration is also my father. He is an author/ writer/ professor and has authored many books on economics.

      Thanks for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Chitrangada, this is a wonderful description of knowing that you are a writer. I've been telling stories all my life, even as a small child I could make them up. (I inherited this ability from my father.) The trouble is, I don't know when I stopped being a story teller and became a writer. LOL

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker, for visiting again, and thanks for recommending the book. I would definitely like to read it. Much appreciated!

      Have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachari Ji, for your kind visit and comments!

      It’s good to hear from you. You are a good writer and I enjoy reading your work. This happens with every writer that they get stuck up at times, while writing. I have mentioned, this also in the article.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and thanks for your support!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey you may really like "the WAR of ART" By Pressfield. It does a good job of being a "professional at writing" even if you do not get paid. Right in line with practice makes perfect.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A great article describing and highlighting the qualities of a writer. I can identify with more than a dozen points mentioned by you. So, I am confident that I am also a writer. Even though a bit slow and often get stuck up at words to express my feelings.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi FlourishAnyway!

      Thanks for reading this article, and sharing your thoughts! Glad you liked the article.

      My family is very supportive of what I enjoy doing. But it’s the fellow writers, who would go into the details of my writing. And their feedback really matters to me.

      Thanks for stopping by and your continued support.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Linda, for reading and appreciating the article!

      I am glad, you can relate to the article. I always get inspired by your well written, well researched articles.

      Thanks for your continued support and comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Sean, for your wonderful comments!

      Yes, we are connected, no doubt. Sometimes, I wonder, how there is so much in common with people, living so far away, whom I have never met, yet we understand each other, and are good friends.

      Again, we must be thankful, to this powerful means of communication, the Internet, and the gift of writing, due to which, the strangers become friends.

      Thank you for reading and appreciating the article!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dana Tate, for sharing your views on this article.

      Glad you liked it. I also have that secret wish, to earn a little more from my writing. Hope our wishes come true some time in future.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Ericdierker for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article!

      I agree with your views, but I believe that practice makes one perfect.

      Writing, like any other hobby/ passion/ profession also needs consistency and keen interest to become better with time.

      Thanks for your wonderful comments!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your appreciation of the article!

      Well, you are not only a writer at heart, but you have encouraged many other writers, to follow this passion by heart. Your contribution is exemplary.

      And thank you for that!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mike and Dorothy McCanney, for your positive comments!

      I am glad that you can relate to this article.

      Appreciate your kind words. Thank You!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You so much John, for your wonderful comments!

      I am glad you enjoyed reading this article.

      You are, of course an excellent writer and poet, and that’s why you can relate to the symptoms mentioned above.

      Thank you so much and happy writing!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      I identified with so many of your points. My family isn’t real supportive (except my husband) but I do it for me.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for creating such a great list, Chitrangada. You certainly know what it means to be a writer. Many points in your list apply to me. I enjoyed reading it very much.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      The number 21 describes me reading your beautiful article, my dear Sister. I loved it! Thank you for reminding me how connected we are!

      Gratitude!

      Sean

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I write for the pure joy of expressing my thoughts. But I must admit there is a small part of me that wishes that it could be more profitable. My dream since I was a child was to make a living off my passion. That happens to be writing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very well done. In a way inspiring to be reminded again that I am not alone. Sometimes though I must remind myself not everyone has the bug of writing. I almost get judgmental, almost.

      I just laughed and thought to myself that this could apply to lousy writers the same as the greats.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All true words, my friend. Thank you for confirming what I already felt in my heart.

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      Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

      2 years ago from United States

      Great article and you described me perfectly a few dozen times! Kudos!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, this is wonderfully relevant to all writers. Oh dear, I suffer most of these symptoms. I think I must be a writer. I loved the videos to especially the Elizabeth Gilbert one. Thank you so much for writing this. It was an enjoyable and informative read.

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