1. You tend to use stories to solve real-world problems and make sense of things happening around you, even if it involves making up random “backstories” for strangers in your own head.
2. Whenever you read other people’s stories, your mind always branches off and considers where the characters might have ended up if a story had gone in a different direction.
3. Sometimes, writing things is easier than saying them out loud. (This doesn’t apply to everyone, but it might to you!)
4. You physically write more than you theoretically talk about what you “wish you could” write.
5. You’re willing to take the necessary steps to figure out when, where, and how you can successfully fit writing into your regular schedule.
6. You often write even on your worst days when you don’t “feel” like it.
7. You don’t let little things like writer’s block get in your way of creating new stories. You take the time to work through your roadblocks and get the work done even when it’s challenging.
8. Even though you know writing and getting published aren’t always easy, you keep writing anyway, using your determination to drive you forward.
9. The idea of getting to share your stories with the world doesn’t just excite you — it fuels you.
10. You continue to write not because someone else says you should or because you have to, but because even if no one asked, you would still keep doing it anyway.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.