We all write. We write emails and letters. We write texts. We write blog posts. Some write legal opinions. Others write creative briefs. We write short stories or poems or song lyrics. We all have things to say. We all have a story to tell.

Yes, we all write.

And some people are amazing at it — whether they care about it or not. But some people are writers. That is, writing is a part of our identity. It doesn’t mean we’re good or bad. It just means it’s a part of who we are. For some, working with words is a calling, a craft, a passion.

Here are 12 signs you’re a writer deep down in your core.

  1. You write for personal pleasure, even if no one will ever see it.
  2. You have a blog (or keep a journal).
  3. You read. A lot.
  4. You at one time had a “Word of the Day” calendar.
  5. When something happens to you, you think, “I need to write about this.”
  6. You have an opinion on the serial comma.
  7. You frequently engage in debate over punctuation and grammar.
  8. You have lost track of time while writing something you care about.
  9. You own multiple style guides.
  10. Your personal library includes On Writing Well, Bird by Bird, and The Elements of Style.
  11. You never know quite when it’s time to let a piece of writing go into the world.
  12. One of your New Year’s resolutions was to write more.

Add to this list! What are some of the signs of true writers you know?