16 December, 2011

Deja Vu Blogfest: Signs You May Have The Writing Syndrome

About this blogfest:
On December 16th all of those taking part will re-post their favorite blog offering, or one that never received the exposure it should have. Then as the day unfolds and everyone hops from one blog to another, what they will be reading is the best of the best (as determined by you). That day the blogosphere will be chock full of past writing brilliance!

It took me a while to decide on a good post to give you here. But I finally decided, so here it is--enjoy!


Signs You May Have the Writing Syndrome:

1. You enjoy reading books beyond what is considered normal or socially acceptable.

2. You have conversations with imaginary people in imaginary situations and who, you imagine, talk back to you and among each other.

3. You scrutinize human behavior and wonder why people do the things they do.

4. You get the urge to write things down on anything in sight when a new idea pops into your head.

5. You often fluctuate between ecstatic--as the new idea arrives in your head--and as frustrated as heck as you try to figure out what to do with the new idea.

6. You can occasionally be found talking aloud when the nearest living being is a plant.

7. You sometimes drift out of conversations to ponder the reasons behind one of the imaginary people or that new idea.

8. You go online and look up the sites of authors because you want to read their FAQs about the writing process and getting published.

9. You start analyzing the books you read and wonder how you would have done it better.

10. In the most severe cases, you actually start pouring forth words in quantities greater than that of a shopping list and create something with what's known as a plot.

If you can say you do more than three of the above, you have the Writing Syndrome.

There is no known cure. Unfortunately, the only words available are:

Welcome to the club.

-----The Golden Eagle


Pearson Report said...

Number 6 all the way...my only revision would be "occasionally" would be replaced with "frequently" or "always".

Oh...and maybe "when the nearest living being is a plant" would be " to anything, living or dead"!

Great re-post!


prerna pickett said...

Nice. And so true!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Three apply - guess I have it!

Krispy said...

Love this list! I definitely have the Writing Syndrome!

Christine Rains said...

I have the Writing Syndrome and I'm proud of it. Sometimes my imaginary conversations are better than the real ones!

Old Kitty said...

Yes, I am so a member of this club especially with nos. 2 and 6.

LOL! take care

Tara Tyler said...

awesome list!
great replay post =)

Susan Roebuck said...

This is a good one G.E.! Guilty on all counts, except 10 perhaps and MORE than guilty of #7 (isn't it awful?)

J. A. Bennett said...

This is so cute! I have been loving what everyone has been posting :)

MISH said...

Great re-post!
I've always been guilty of no's 1 & 3, but didn't link it to the Writing Syndrome...

Colin Smith said...

Also: When your Google research could put you under the scrutiny of Homeland Security and the FBI. :)

Fun post!

Lydia Kang said...

Yes, yes, and yes. You totally got them down!

Thanks so much for joining the Blogfest!

farawayeyes said...

Holy crap, 10 for 10. Apparently,I'm terminal. Thanks for diagnosis Doc.

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M Pax said...

Great post, Eagle. Lately, I've taken to studying book covers.

Jules said...

LOL, so true! Are there dues with this club? :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Juliann Wetz said...

I've got it. It's terminal.

Carrie said...

Great post. I recognize some of these symptoms in my own life. I'm pretty sure I have Writer's Syndrome too.

Charles Gramlich said...

So I just have to admit I have a disease. I'm ok with that. :)

Nicki Elson said...

I love this. Particularly the ending. Well worth reposting. ;)

Melodie Wright said...

Yup. I have it. And it's incurable. Sigh.

Pat Hatt said...

Damn! I have the disease, whatever will my ocd do now..haha At least I can say I talk to a cat and not a plant.

DeniseCovey_L'Aussie said...

Guilty as charged. Great post Golden.

Thanks for visiting my Christmas in Oz post.


Anonymous said...

Is it fatal?

Ciara said...

I defiantly have it. :) I won't even admit how many apply to me.

Belle said...

My granddaughter wants to be a director and analyzes movies to see if she could do better, just like your #9. Great post on how a writer thinks.

K. Turley (Clutzattack) said...

I'm triple guilty of three and four. And just plain guilty of all the rest.

Wonderful re-post.

DL Hammons said...

Oh no! Isn't there some kind of pill I can take? :)

Great re-post!

Susan Kane said...

Where do I join up? Are there membership dues? I sure met the requirements.

LynNerdKelley said...

Haha! Love it, especially the last line, "Welcome to the Club!" Perfect!

Rek said...

Nice, relatable list..I suffer from eight of the afflictions...9 doesn't apply as I tend to feel I can't write that well, same reason why 8 is a no go area...what does that say about me?

Misha Gericke said...

Lol I love this list. ^_^

I have nine of the symptoms. I guess that makes it terminal.

C D Meetens said...

Loved this! And how true! As I went down that list, I kept thinking, "Yep". And, oh, drifting out of conversations to think about characters and plot - I often do that, and not deliberately. Thanks so much for re-posting this.

Stuart Nager said...

I fell like this is a twelve step situation...hello, my name is Stu, and I have a writers syndrome...

can't tell you how many napkins and scraps of paper I've brought home with notes on them

Rebecca B said...

I definitely have the Writing Syndrome! Great post

Gail said...

Well, I have more than three so I guess I have it although I'm not a writer.

Jemi Fraser said...

Great repost - and I've got more than a few of these symptoms... :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Exactly. Great post for a little Deja Vu :)

Sananora said...

This is a good list :)

Definitely have Writing Syndrome...

Coleen Patrick said...

Count me in--all of it is so true!! :)

mshatch said...

Excellent list:)

Anonymous said...

I've had this syndrome for the longest.

Great pick for a re-post, Golden Eagle.

Nancy Thompson said...

Only 3 huh? Guess I'm a real sicko then.

Donna Hole said...

LOL; yep :)


Alison Miller said...

LOVED THIS. And I love how it validated that I have a super bad case of Writer's Syndrome. :)

Glad I got to meet you through the blogfest!

....Petty Witter said...

Yeah, I think I can safely say I have the syndrome. Great fun, I loved this list.

Anonymous said...

O always analyze books and wonder I could do them better. The entire HP series I read over the summer was awesome and I would not have changed anything. Other than that, sure, there are usually things I would change or make better when I read a book.

The Golden Eagle said...

Jenny: LOL.

I talk to inanimate objects, too. :P


Prerna: Thank you. :)

Alex: Yet another incurable. ;)

Krispy: Thanks.

Me, too.

Christine: Same here. :)

Old Kitty: Awesome.

Tara: Thank you!

Susan: Thanks!

Just another sign of the Syndrome. :P

J.A.: Thank you!

I've enjoyed the Deja Vu posts I've seen as well.

MISH: Thank you!

Colin: True. Stealth, breaking into buildings, firearms, and so forth . . .


Lydia: Thank you for hosting this blogfest. :) I've really enjoyed reading posts!

Farawayeyes: You're welcome. :P

M: Thanks!

I do that, too.

Jules: Nope. Well, except for the accompanying stress and anxiety. LOL.

Juliann: It's the same with me, too.

Carrie: Thank you. :)

Charles: Good for you. I think I've come to terms with it as well--to an extent.

Nicki: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Melodie: Writing can help; or shove you deeper into the abyss, depending on your perspective. :P

Pat: LOL. Your symptoms aren't as severe as mine.

Denise: Thank you!

I enjoyed reading it. :)

Mybabyjohn: I don't know of any deaths resulting from the syndrome.

Ciara: Well, all 10 apply to me--surely it can't be worse than that?

Belle: Thanks! :)

K. Turley: Glad you liked the post!

DL: Not as of yet . . .


Susan: No, there aren't any dues as far as I know. ;)

LynNerdKelley: I'm glad you enjoyed!

The Golden Eagle said...

Rek: Thanks!

I think you write well, based on what I've read.

Misha: Glad you like it. :)

Same here. Only I have all 10.

C D: You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Stuart: Same here. Napkins, scraps of paper, lists . . . though I've never been forced to use something like my hand. :P

Rebecca: Thank you!

Gail: But you do have the Syndrome!

Jemi: Thanks!

LOL. It seems a lot of people have at least a few symptoms. ;)

Carol: Glad you liked it!

Sananora: Thank you.

Coleen: I had hoped it would strike a chord with readers here. :)

Mshatch: Thank you!

Medeia: Thanks. Glad you liked the post!

Nancy: Me, too. :P

Donna: :D

Alison: I'm glad you liked it. :)

Tracy: Glad you enjoyed it!

Stephen: I love reading books that I wouldn't change.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I like this list.
Be well.

Deniz Bevan said...

3 or more? I do every single one of those things! Wow, I don't think that's ever happened with a list before.

Margo Kelly said...

YAY! I am a member of the club. WAHOO!! :)

Katy said...

Love this! I'm definitely "suffering" from Writing Syndrome. :)

anthony stemke said...

A great list to be sure. I think I have the syndrome.

Rusty Webb said...

I've got it too then. Some I've done a time or two, and others I do all the time. Glad I belong to the club then.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

ha! So true. I often get embarrassed caught talking to myself. Sometimes, I'll even be making a face as I work through the emotions of a particular scene. And I'll be like, "What? No. I'm not sad." Hehe.

Brenda Drake said...

Great list - It's good to know I have the Writing Syndrome instead of some other psychotic disease. <3

Bridgie said...

It's me, Shimmer! I made a new blog! Yay!
Your blog is still awesome!!

Jackee said...

LOL! That's a great one to repost. So many behaviors I can relate to. :o) Thanks for sharing, Golden!

Jay Noel said...

Yup. I got it bad! I do #9 quite a bit. And I was always a people-watcher.

The Golden Eagle said...

Robyn: Thanks! :)

Deniz: LOL. I rarely come across a list I've done everything on, too; I know I follow this one, though.

Margo: Awesome!

Katy: Glad you enjoyed it!

Who said anything about suffering? ;)

Anthony: Thank you!

Rusty: Have a seat. The meeting's just begun!

Carolina: I do that! LOL. I'll act out the scene I'm in sometimes, either consciously or--in a few cases--unconsciously. :P

Brenda: Thanks!

Better than remaining un-diagnosed, right? :P

Bridgie: Visited and followed your new blog!

Thank you! :)

Jackee: Thanks.

You're welcome! I'm glad you liked the post.

Jay: Me, too. It's fascinating. :P

laughingwolf said...

ummm... yeah! ;) lol

Margo Berendsen said...

I love #7! Yup, I'm guilty of all of these! That's why it was such a relief to discover the world of blogging writers and realize I'm not alone.

Mark Noce said...

Groovy, thanks for the deja vu!

Sarah Allen said...

Haha :) Man this is good...and so so true.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Ha, so great! :) And very true, I love it!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Hahaha! Welcome to the club. I love it! I especially loved number 5. :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Laughingwolf: It seems it's a fairly common syndrome!

Margo: Me, too. I didn't have anyone else to complain about things to before. :P

(Just kidding. The blogosphere is helpful for a lot more reasons than that!)

Mark: You're very welcome! I'm glad you liked it. :)

Sarah: Thank you!

Bethany: Thanks. :)

Peggy: Glad you enjoyed it!

Heather said...

I love this blogfest! And what a perfect choice of posts. Love this one!

The Golden Eagle said...

Heather: Thanks! :)

It's definitely been a fun blogfest.