5 Sure Signs You’re a Writer – do this quick quiz!

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Got a feeling you might be a writer? Do this quick quiz then add up your points and see how you go!

5 Sure Signs You’re a Writer

  1. You READ – a lot. Is your bedside table, floor, desk covered in books half-read and to be read? Writers read voraciously and widely. Reading is your safe place and your sanctuary. Not only that, when writers read we’re always looking at how the book is written, especially books we love. We’re always thinking, “How did the author DO that?” Give yourself one point for every book in your pile.
  2. You WRITE. Do you have a diary or journal you’ve been keeping for years? That’s a sure sign of a writer and the best way I know to develop your unique writing voice. Not keeping a diary? Do you write long letters, or emails or blog posts? Do you write to make sense of things? Write to bear witness? Does the act of writing give you pleasure? Does writing soothe you? Do you find comfort in shaping words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs? Give yourself 5 points if you write regularly. An extra 5 if you’ve kept a diary for over a year.
  3. You REMEMBER IN STORIES. When you are remembering events from the past, do you find yourself writing the memory in your head? Are you forming a story with words rather than images, or images and words together. Are you trying to find a way to tell this story in a way that adds meaning to the random events of life? If so give yourself 5 points. If you’ve started writing these stories down, give yourself an extra point for every story you’ve started and an extra 5 for every story you’ve finished.
  4. You DREAM IN STORIES or WAKE UP with story lines fully formed, or a CHARACTER wanting to be written. Do you remember your dreams and think, now THAT would make a great story! Do you wake up with the beginnings of stories in your head, with sentences, maybe whole paragraphs already formed? I woke up once with this: “My name is Condolezia, but I don’t speak Spanish. I was born the year after my brother who died the day he was born.” It was so strong I still remember it! Do you daydream in stories? Do characters tap you on the shoulder and demand to be heard, to have you write them into being? Give yourself 5 points if any of these nerdy, wordy visitations have happened to you. Give yourself an extra 5 for every story you’ve written from these prompts.
  5. You FIND YOURSELF WRITING YOUR LIFE WHILE YOU’RE LIVING IT! This is a sure sign you’re a writer. If, in the midst of some life drama, turmoil, blessing or tragedy you find yourself searching for the words to describe it, then you are unmistakably a writer. The day my infant son died, I found myself sitting on the loo thinking about how I could ever write this terrible story. Thinking of a title. “Of Milk and Blood” I thought was pretty good. But I thought again and ended up with my Guide Through Grief instead. So if you’ve found yourself sitting among the wreckage, thinking up titles for this period of your life, then, I’m both afraid and proud to say – You, my friend, are a writer! It’s a blessing and a curse. Sometimes I just want to LIVE something without putting it into words. Give yourself 10 points if this kind of thing has happened to you. An extra 10 for every story inspired in a similar way, that you actually wrote.

SO, are you a writer?

IF YOU SCORED

0-5 points you love to read, but haven’t actually spent much time writing or even thinking about writing. You’re happy to let others do the story telling. The world needs readers and we writers LOVE YOU!

5-15 pointsyou love reading and writing and a deep part of you is calling out to be expressed in words. All you need to do is give yourself a chance. Try getting some of those stories out of your head and onto the page! See here for a guided meditation to quiet that inner critic holding you back and get you started!

15 – 30 pointsyou’ve got what it takes to be a writer! In fact, you know it in your heart but you just need a little nudge to get those stories out of your head and onto the page. See here for a FREE WORKSHOP that will help you use all those great inspirations and thoughts to create stories.

30 points and over – CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A WRITER! Yes you are! You know this, you’ve been writing and getting some of those ideas onto paper. Writing is a rewarding and fulfilling lifestyle. Writers are always observing and learning and creating meaning through words. Words bring comfort and order to our lives. We can create something beautiful from all we experience, even the darkest moments. See here for an affordable live online course in creative writing that will give you all the craft knowledge you need to make your stories engaging and compelling and, most of all, publishable!

WHATEVER YOU SCORED, if you’re reading this post, something is calling you to writing. Consider yourself on notice. Sooner or later you’re going to have to get those stories out of your head and onto the page. See my FREE WORKSHOP and then check out my UPCOMING CRASH COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING

Let me help you set out on the magical journey of writing! I’ve been writing and publishing for over 20 years and have been teaching creative writing at universities, schools, festivals, at the Queensland Writers Centre and in the community since 2005. I’ve helped more writing students than most people have had hot dinners, so let me help you make a start on your writing adventures too. See more about me HERE.

Now, stop reading and start writing!

Wishing you the joy of creativity this holiday season. May you and yours connect in love and harmony and may the year ahead be filled with fun, creative adventures, lots of laughter and friends and fantastic good luck! YAY!

Lots of love

Edwina xx

PS. Remember to check out my UPCOMING CRASH COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING

A CRASH COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING!

Online LIVE ZOOM WORKSHOPS

January- March 2023

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Have you promised yourself that 2023 is going to be the year you finally start writing?

Can’t get to a retreat, but still want to make a start on your stories?

Busting to get those stories out of your head and onto the page?

Always wanted to write but don’t know where to start?

Whether you want to write fiction, memoir or screenplays, this live online 6 workshop course covers all the elements essential to writing a good story.

Get all the hints and tips you need from someone who’s been working in the industry for over 20 years as both writer and editor. I’ll gently guide you through all the elements of narrative in fun, interactive classes that are guaranteed to get you writing.

Each workshop is 1.5 hours and runs on Saturdays from 10 am till 11:30 am Brisbane, Australia time, with extra time for questions. These are not power point presentations but live, exciting classes where you will be writing and talking with other writers, asking questions and getting answers right from the very first session.

DATES

WORKSHOP 1: 21 January – YOUR STORIES Where do story ideas come from? What stories do you want to write? Areas of interest? Free writing. Using the five senses – Writing in scenes

WORKSHOP 2: 28 January – SETTING, World building, grounding your reader, setting the tone and using setting to illustrate emotion 

NO CLASS FEB 4

WORKSHOP 3: 11 February – CHARACTER –Create complex characters and shape your plot around their goals WRITE A CHARACTER PORTRAIT and submit 

WORKSHOP 4: 18 February – DIALOGUE – Get those characters talking but without the boring bits

WORKSHOP 5: 25 February – PLOT  – keep readers turning pages conflict in every page. Learn my secret formula! S = H+ F

WORKSHOP 6: 4 March – SELF EDITING – writing is rewriting – scene lists, nitty gritty, cleaning up your sentences

SUBMIT a story for feedback by 11 March

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If you can’t make any of the live online classes (done using Zoom – very easy to use), don’t worry! All classes will be recorded and sent to you within a few days so you can catch up.

Meet other writers and make writing buddies that will cheer you on and help you polish your work. Pay a little more and get professional feedback on your writing to fast track your writing skills.

Usually these kind of courses cost over $500! Sometimes thousands!

But I know most writers, or folk yearning to put pen to page, often have more dash than cash which is why I’m offering this special course for only $250.

With feedback on up to 2000 words – that you can use for one or two submissions – for an extra $50!! Bargain 🙂

When I’m pricing my retreats and workshops I always ask myself, would I pay that? And yes, for this course, I most certainly would! I wish this kind of course had been available when I first started writing. I’m so excited to be able to offer it to you now.

A CRASH COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING

A 6 week crash course covering all the basics of narrative. Live online workshops January – March 2023

A$250.00

FEEDBACK ON YOUR WRITING

Professional advice on your writing up to 2000 words. CRASH COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING participants only!

A$50.00