Judy Lee Dunn has compiled a list of “11 Signs You May Be a Writer.” “Well, that lets me out,” I said to myself, but I decided I’d read the list anyway.
And I plead guilty to the following:
5. One typo, anywhere, will stop you cold.
You are so distracted by that typo that you can’t think of anything else. The secret to the universe may be revealed in that blog post or Facebook update, but you turn away, obsessing over that one misspelled word.
I’d say that friends would gleefully point them out to me, but in retrospect, they don’t seem all that gleeful; to them, it’s simply Something That Does Not Happen, like Superman kicking a dog.
Then there’s this:
9. The first thing you do with a book is turn to the author bio.
If you are a debut author, you keep comparing yourself to other authors. In the bookstore, the first place you check in a book is the inside cover section with the author’s bio and pic. You count how many books she has published. And if she is thirty years younger than you, you get all depressed, just certain that it’s too late for you and the dream is over.
Roughly half the population of the world is thirty years (or more) younger than I, so I don’t worry too much about that particular aspect.
I admit, however, that I look for people of average appearance on the flyleaf: for some reason, a really good-looking author arouses wholly unjustified suspicions in the back of my brain. How you look doesn’t really have anything to do with how you write, of course, but still, there’s the reflex.
And once in a great while, an author uses that photo to mess with my head.