By Josi S. Kilpack
You find using abbreviations when text messaging an offense to your sensibilities.
You sometimes interrupt friends and family during conversation to teach them the correct usage of lay/lie.
You wake up in the morning only to suggest revisions to your subconscious mind for the dream you had during the night.
You accidentally put the name of your current protagonist as a reference on an application--it's the phone number that trips you up.
You have EVER finished a book and thought "I could do better."
Words like characterization, exposition, story arc, resolution and dramatic effect are frequently used even in non-writing conversation.
Your spouse trusts sending you to the mall with a credit card so long as there isn't a bookstore in said mall.
Instead of saving up for a vacation to Disneyland, you have a fund in place so that one day you too might own the Oxford English Dictionary--hard copy and CD.
You ponder the meaning of words like loquacious and rudimentary--how have their definitions changed between the early nineteenth century and today? What is their root language? When was the first usage of such words in modern literature? Can you use them in your current WIP without sounding like a pontificating intellectual?
You have ever read the someones name tag and noted it would be the perfect name for a character. You then asked them to pronounce it for you, pretending you were just curious.
Friends and family hesitate to confide in you for fear a new and improved version of their tragedy or triumph might show up in your current work in progress.
You have an inspiring quote in your house at this very instant by Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thorough or Steven King.
Instead of saying "We'll laugh about this later" you often comfort yourself with "This will make a great scene in a book one day."
AND, last but not least, while reading this, you thought of another one :-) Do share.