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May 27, 2009



Very good.
Of course, there is also the loss of speech. Just ask your loved ones who, upon daring to approach you in your "writer's cave" are warded off by a frenzied air claw and growling. Is it your fault that they don't understand the "leave me alone, I'm writing" roar? Or the subsequent "darn, you made me lose my train of thought" bellowing aurgh? Mmmph.

Lynnette Bonner

LOL, Tarin. The other day a friend and I were sitting at a table in a restaraunt talking about two of our characters and how we could bump them off. We both realized at the same time that we were talking about them using their names. ie. "I've been trying to figure out if I should kill Bob or not. If I do, I think I might have Lucy stab him with...." Luckily when we guiltily glanced around no one seemed to be paying us much mind.

Madison Richards

Some day, someone will invent fuzzy slippers with an attached intravenous pump that alternates between doses of caffeine and lithium. Now THERE'S a Christmas gift for the writer in your life!

Jeanne Damoff

A positive twist on #15: The most annoying person becomes fascinating when you switch gears and observe him for potential character traits. Likewise, aggravating experiences become potential story fodder. Everyday hassles are a writer's laboratory, turning all of life into a grand adventure. The more I think about it, the more I believe we are of all men most to be envied! (Can you tell I'm a sanguine personality? All my imaginary friends tell me I'm the life of the party.)

Unfortunately most of the folks around here are way beyond reach of an intervention. But that doesn't mean we can't enjoy your entertaining insights! Thanks for dropping by, K.M. :)


BJ Hamrick

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing your wit with us. :)

Ron Andrew ODaniels

Of course as I do not live alone...all fifteen of the above are constantly brought up as proof that I am not normal, and am in fact quite insane, and should live alone. Thanks for your post. It's nice to know I really am not alone, and not crazy. There are others who forget to eat, sleep, and remember what day of the week it is. I love your bit about long conversations with self. It reminds me of those paragraphs in Herbert's Dune pondering all the possible futures. I am Constantly waking up to "what if." The biggest question I always have though is how will I get paid for any of this (stomach growls). Thank you again for your Fifteen Reasons. Great!


So THAT explains what's wrong with me!!!


KM--I have to meet you. Perhaps we can schedule a play-date with our imaginary friends? Some, I think, need more social interaction.
Question--eavesdropping is socially unacceptable?


Darn, I was hoping your reasons would encourage me to give up my love of writing. Although you're right-on in all 15 reasons to give up writing, I've got writer's itch in my bloodstream and it's not going to be diluted easily.

It was fun to read and recognize the symptoms that go hand-in-hand with being in love with the written word and the crazy and wonderful things a string of them can accomplish.

K.M. Weiland

Thanks for comments, everyone! I admit I got way too big a kick out of writing this. That's probably another symptom... you find your oddness extremely hilarious and wonder why other people don't!

Lynn Mosher

LOL! Katie, this was so fun! I'm so glad I got to read it. Since I write mainly non-fiction, my problem would be losing friends after saying for the bazillionth time while in a conversation, "Stop! Remember where you are. I HAVE to write this down!" Ugh!

Linda (ppr)

Still giggling.

I have to print this out for my husband. He thinks I'm the only one suffering from numbers 2, 3, 5, 7 and 12. Now I've got absolute proof that these are bona fide Author Syndrome symptoms!


There's also the incessant staring at people in public places, imagining their life in your novel. That can get very messy when they notice you staring.

Also, there's the reality warp of calling your kids and neighbors by Characters' names. That can get pretty ugly when they read your book...

I've been looking for years for fuzzy slippers that sound like a monster roaring when you walk. They would add to my 'inspiration' - especially when writing about dinosaurs and Godzilla, or before I get my morning coffee...


I wrote something earlier in comment but where it went, I don't know. So I'll do it again.

Darn, I was hoping that after reading these 15 reasons I would give up the writing habit. Unfortunately, the bug that bit me and injected writers' itch into my system isn't easily conteracted.

These 15 reasons are right-on. Although a novice writer, I suffer from many of those symptoms. Even if writing kills me, at least I'll die doing something that, in a strange way, brings me happiness.

Thank you, Katie.

terri tiffany

#6-- I can't even read a book without underlining passages or checking for errors!!! Ugh! that one was the worse!

Maggie Woychik

Nice job, Kate. Wow. So utterly true.


I'll have a smile the rest of the day, Thanks Katie.


Yeah, you are right! But as every single thing in the world comes in pairs ( I hope you got what I meant lol) like left and right, good and bad, boy and girl ..etc so I'm sure there are Top 15 reasons why you should be a writer as well! in the end ..of course we've got to choose..To be or not to be a writer. I know your choice Katie!:D I love your just I kinda late to find you here hehehehe


Oh, this is so perfect...This is so great! I love it. And must share it with friends!

Nadine Liamson

It's too late for me; I'm hip deep in half of those symptoms and fully submerged in the other half.

Tabitha Richert

So if I have most or all of these symptoms already, does that mean I *should* become a writer?

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