Inspirational author Cynthia Ruchti wants to help you figure out if you are a "real "writer. She's here to help you figure it out. "Is your writing a hobby, an obsession, or a calling? If you’ve ever wondered, take the following quiz … with a grain of salt."
Cynthia's "Are You A Real Writer?" Self Quiz
1. Do you fail to get a good night’s sleep because characters tap you on the shoulder at three in the morning to tell you their story? If you write non-fiction, it’ll be chapter titles or three-point plans that wake you.
a. Most nights.
c. That’s what Tylenol PM is for, isn’t it?
d. I sleep like a baby with a full tummy and a silky blanket.
2. You sit at a fast food restaurant with your mind on:
a. The special sauce.
b. Adding more salt to the fries.
c. The fact that the meal cost more than you made on writing last year.
d. Eavesdropping on the fascinating conversation transpiring in the booth behind you.
3. You sit in church with your mind on:
a. The sermon, duh.
b. The intriguing character with purple hair and lip piercings three pews ahead of you (a la Ginny Smith, author of Just As I Am).
c. The notebook that fits in the pages of your Bible so you can jot down that plotline before you forget it.
d. The potluck to follow.
4. In your purse or wallet right now are:
a. Tickets to a Lawrence Welk reunion event.
b. Three novels and a bar of chocolate pirated from your kids’ Halloween candy (It’s a big wallet!).
c. A royalty check on its way to the bank where it will rest until time to pay for your next writer’s conference.
d. Six thumb drives.
5. Given the choice you would vacation in:
b. The Bahamas.
d. The library.
6. When you enter a stationary supply store you:
a. Walk right to the aisle with cute little journals.
b. Grab a cart. You’ll need it.
c. Have to ask where they keep the printer cartridges.
d. Start to vibrate from the adrenalin rush.
7. When the mailman delivers your copies of Southern Living, Coastal Living, Midwest Living, the New Yorker, Writer’s Digest, and Victorian Homes and your spouse raises an eyebrow, you:
a. Claim they’re for your niece’s fundraising project for her class trip to Mexico.
b. Pretend it’s all a postal mistake.
c. Claim to have current articles in each issue and hope your spouse doesn’t ask you to prove it. Nah, they never read our stuff anyway.
d. Pull out the writer’s favorite word weapon — “Research!”
8. You dust your baseboards:
d. We’re supposed to dust our baseboards?
9. The first thing you reach for during a power outage is:
a. A flashlight.
b. Candles and matches.
c. A battery-operated radio.
d. Your Alpha-Smart.
10. When you read the word anti-rejection, you immediately think of:
a. Medication given to liver transplant recipients.
b. Medication given to heart transplant recipients.
c. Ant poison. The subject of phonics has never been your forté.
"Are You a Real Writer?" Quiz Key
1. If you answered a, count yourself a committed writer. Consider having yourself committed. B, yeah, so? C or D, puleeze.
2. If you answered a, you may want to switch from fiction to ad copy. B, skip the salt. C, yeah, you’re probably a real writer. D, is there any doubt?
3. A, bless you. B, bless your church. C, Yup, a writer. D, Does a potluck work into your plot?
4. A, you remember Lawrence Welk? Wait a minute. I remember Lawrence Welk. B, this proves only that you are an avid reader and perhaps a frustrated writer. C or D, indeed a serious writer.
5. All of the above, fodder for novels.
6. A, aren’t you adorable? B, could be a scrapbooker. Who’s to tell? C, cannot possibly be a writer. D, writer at heart.
7. A, you’re either a very creative liar or extremely compassionate but broke. B, definitely a liar and not very creative at it. C, a creative pathological liar. D, a writer who manages to work the word research into every conversation. Now, that’s devotion.
8. If you answered a, you can’t possibly have time to write. B, you’re clean enough for company, but may only be a hobby writer. C, borderline. D. Yeah, baby! True writer material!
9. A through c, wise but not necessarily a writer. D, congratulations, you writer you.
10. This one’s too obvious to answer.
If you still wonder if you’re a writer, consider this. Which would you enjoy more — new shoes or to sell a killer article about the joy of new shoes? I rest my case.
- Cynthia Ruchti