You know you’re really a writer when . . .
1. Your clothes are not easily distinguished from your pajamas.
2. Your friends ask for help writing their wedding vows, their resumes, and their Netflix complaint letters.
3. On vacation, you walk into a hotel with a beautiful view and think, “ooh I can’t wait to write here!”
4. Your laptop is worth more than all your furniture combined.
5. Your primary criteria for viewing real estate is: Where will my desk go?
6. You spend more money on books than clothes.
7. You have paid a babysitter to take your children out for the night.
8. Your idea of a spa is Breadloaf.
9. You refuse to share your bookshelves.
10. When you take your child on college visits, the only thing that excites you is the library.
11. When people ask you what you want for Christmas, you say “an agent.”
12. When your kids have puppet shows, you urge them to work on their dialogue a little harder.
13. You have a backup to your backup to your backup.
14. Your children have never said “Sssh, Mommy’s sleeping,” but “Sssh, Mommy’s writing.”
15. You have written a tender and compassionate acknowledgments page for each unpublished work.
16. You have had paper cuts on your palm, not just your finger.
17. The idea of going to jail just . . . does not seem that bad to you.
That’s my list . . .and I hope you will share yours!
Kelly Simmons is the author of THE BIRD HOUSE and STANDING STILL, both from Simon & Schuster. Learn more at her website, bykellysimmons.com, or follow her on Twitter: @kellysimmons.