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While you are reading another writer’s work, you find yourself thinking: “Too much tell; not enough show”.

You’ve found yourself using the word ‘procrastination’ more and more.

You have a drawer just containing pens. Some of them you kept unlawfully (from the Bank, the Post Office …)

Battling with your manuscript for the past 2 weeks, doesn’t seem to interest anyone but you.

You think you’ve invented a new fiction genre.

You’ve stared at a computer screen for more than an hour without actually adding anything.

Publishing houses have somehow been transformed from those great places that print books into fortresses that must be stormed.

A rejection doesn’t make you utterly depressed for a week any more.

You’re the only person you know who uses the word ‘conducive’ in everyday speech.

Just for a moment there, you thought one of your characters was a real person.

You know what an unsolicited submission is.

Quoting someone in an e-mail to a friend, you pause to consider whether to to use double inverted commas or single quote marks.

You found yourself nodding and smiling at most of these.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    loved this one. It has just the right amount of bite to cause the aspiring writer reluctantly to agree with inventor Thomas Edison, who quirked that “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”

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