07 January, 2011

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


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh that is awesome!!! That is so totally me!! :D :D

Katrina L. Lantz said...

I love this list! And I'm guilty of all of the above. Thanks for the warm welcome! :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

LOL. So true. Love this!! :-)

Heather said...

LOL! Thanks for the welcome. I had to answer yes to every one of those!

Rachael Harrie said...

Love these, however did they know??? ;)


Emily Rose said...

I feel loved;)

Ari said...

Ha, ha...love it! as Shaynie said: thanks for the very warm welcome!

Angela said...

I like number 2, it's totally me. :)

Brian said...

Those are pretty darn funny. But serious, I've wondered about #3 for a long, long time! I hope you have a great weekend!!!

scribbleandedit.blogspot.co.uk said...

Yes, yes, yes!


you imagine inanimate objects have a life that you can describe in great detail and the sentiments that go with it :O)

Lisa Potts said...

What a fun list. I'm guilty of more than three I'm afraid. Guess that makes me a card carrying member.

DEZMOND said...

what? You mean imaginary people and imaginary friends don't usually talk back to us???

Unknown said...

I believe #5 is otherwise known as Manic-Depression for me. Love the list.

BeccaLeccaDingDong said...

Yep. That settles it...

Love the list, I totally have the syndrome. :D

Paul C said...

Excellent. You have distilled the key symptoms. Entertaining reading. What is the cure?

Laura Eno said...

But it's such a fascinating syndrome to have!

N. R. Williams said...

LOL Golden. I love it.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Carol Kilgore said...

Oh yeah. I've got it.
Happy Writing!

Unknown said...

LOL omg so funny and SO TRUE! It must be contagious.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Hhahahaah great post! I do most of the things on the list. I think I'm doomed ;)

nephite blood spartan heart said...

I am guilty of nine out of ten. Since I have never talked to plants.

Great post.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Oh crap - I barely qualify!!

Old Kitty said...

I want to be infected with no 10 please!! How do I get this most severe infection of this syndrome? :-)

Take care

Colene Murphy said...

HA! Awesome list. You must know me ;)

Janet Johnson said...

Oh man, I am currently at #5 with a vengeance. Great list!

Gail said...

Great list, but I only write here and in my notebook so I don't think it counts.

Liz P said...

No cure huh? Excellent!

erica and christy said...

This is a wonderful post that I am adding to "my faves" list! christy

Kari Marie said...

What a wonderful list. I guess I can officially call myself a member of the club. And, my house plants are very insightful. After "our little talks" things are always a little clearer.

Lydia Kang said...

#5 was a problem all day for me!

Malcolm R. Campbell said...

Gosh, I didn't know there were socially acceptable numbers of books I should be reading. :-)

As for your list, I seem to be guilty of everything on it.

So it goes.


Mary@GigglesandGuns said...

So does this mean you are giving me permission o converse with the invisibles?
My word verification is: unseen.
Creepy, huh?

Susan Fields said...

So there's a reason I talk out loud when no one else is around? And I don't even have plants! I feel better knowing I'm not alone. :)

Misha said...

I am glad I do not write! :D

Michelle Merrill said...

I love that! It's all so very true!

Cinette said...

It's an actual syndrome? Feww! Now I know what I have! I thought I was the only one who talked at loud to my characters!

Robyn Campbell said...

That is me. Have you talked to my hubby? ;)

Great list. Great post.

Anonymous said...

Yikes; I've got it bad!

Sabryna said...

lol! I have writing syndrome! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. ;)

Organic Author said...

I believe I have the writing syndrome! I'm glad to see other people have been inflicted with this as well!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I think I have W.S. I'm guessing the only cure is publication???

Arlee Bird said...

I am incurable. Is there a writerholics anonymous?

Tossing It Out

The Words Crafter said...

This is a great (and fun) list. I actually catch myself doing #7!

Charles Gramlich said...

nope. I don't have any of these signs. and I am not in denial. I'm not. I promise I'm not.

M.J. Fifield said...

I loved this post. I too had to answer yes to each and every one.

Alison Can Read said...

Haha!! Except the imaginary people in my head don't talk to me. They're strangers that don't know me at all. It's like traveling to another world.

Golden Eagle said...

Shaynie: Thanks! :)

Katrina: Glad you like it!

You're welcome!

Shannon: Thank you!

Heather: You're welcome. :)

Rachael: Observation.


Emily: You are!

Dancing Through Life: Hey, you're welcome! Most of us are writers here.

Angela: I do it a lot, too. :P

Brian: Well, I know it's something I do--often!

Madeleine: How could I forgotten that sign? ;D

Golden Eagle said...

Lisa: So am I! :P

Dezmond: LOL. Depends on what kind of an imaginary person it is, I guess.

Clarissa: It's repetitive, too, isn't it? But the highs feel so good!

Glad you like it!

Becca and Zippy: Welcome to the world of writers! ;)

Paul: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Blogging, maybe?

Laura: I agree! :D

Nancy: I'm glad you like the post!

Carol: You have officially been diagnosed.

You too!

Sash: 'Fraid so.

Lynda: Thanks! :)

Writerly doom--at least a great imagination comes with it, right?

David: Good for you! I know I have. They say plants grow better if you talk to them, so I have some excuse besides the syndrome. Kind of.


Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Really?! Ah well. You must be more grounded than the rest of us. ;)

Old Kitty: Write, write write! :D

Colene: Thank you!

I know a writer--myself! :P

Janet: It comes and goes, doesn't it?


Gail: Thank you!

IDK . . . it seems to me like you definitely qualify as a writer!

Liz: Not that I know of! ;)

Christy: I'm glad you like it! :D

Kari: Thank you!

I know--plants can help you get the best ideas!

Lydia: I hope it clears up!

Malcolm: Maybe there aren't, but it seems to me like there are "slightly-bookish" people and "absolutely-book-obsessed" who are more likely to become the writers.


Golden Eagle said...

Mary: Sure. ;D

Creepy is right!

Susan: No, you're not alone with talking out loud when there aren't humans around!

Misha: It's fun sometimes, though!

Michelle: Glad you like it!

Cinette: LOL. Those conversations can be enlightening, can't they?

Robyn: Nope. :P

Thank you!

Milo: There seem to be many here with acute symptoms--and are trying to cure it through blogging!

Sabryna: It seems to affect many!

Hannah: Awesome. ;)

Golden Eagle said...

Sharon: That, or blogging!

Lee: Not that I know of--but maybe someone should start one!

The Words Crafter: Glad you enjoyed it! :)

I know I do--got to work on that!

Charles: What about #10?

Haleine: I'm glad you liked this post! :)

You're not alone!

Alison: That must be an interesting experience--I suppose it's more like observing that really knowing your characters . . . ?

Patricia Stoltey said...

It's true, there is no cure. As for the talking out loud when no one is there, we just adopted a young cat. Now I can pretend I was just talking to her.

Golden Eagle said...

Of course. :D