- feel stupid when you can't come up with something as creative than your co-workers.
- like to hang out with your right-brained friends because then you're the "wild
- aren't concerned with losing your job because it's such a piss-poor field you know they
would be doing you a favor.
- understand where the term "starving artist" derived.
- talk in "headline speak" for grins and shits.
- correct your chuch bulletin with a pen during the service or mark up any newsletter that
comes in the mail while you're on the phone.
- insist on explaining to everyone where the grammar mistakes are in any publication or
- actually understand the use of: it vs. it's; your vs. you're; effect and affect; and the
use of commas, semicolons and colons.
- hope you don't get an assignment that requires a lot of driving because your car might
- enjoy reading your dictionary and quizzing your co-workers and friends.
- read an e-mail several times before sending it and making at least three editing
- you are pressured into making a list because two other journalist-types already have.
- when playing Scrabble, you go for the word that is the most impressive, rather than the
- you kept all the books you read in college but haven't touched them since.
- when you point out that someone made a grammatical error, your significant other just
nods wearily and says, "Yes, dear."
- you deride your reporters' stupidity silently every time you find a mistake.
- you hear about a murder on TV and sigh with relief when you realize it's not in your
- you are bothered by the fact that you can't come up with anything clever enough for a
list about what writers/journalists actually do.
- mock incorrect grammar while allowing yourself any and all "creative" uses.
You are, in fact, a professional.
- are able to attribute your misspellings such as "independance" or
"milenium" to your editor's lack of skill. It's the whole point of having
- have ever figured out how much more income you could bring in as manager of Taco Bell.
- have been prescribed at least three different anti-depressants have seriously considered
joining the peace corps but couldn't for fear of being stationed nowhere near a Gap.
- you like to eat out but don't order wine or appetizers because you can't afford it.
- you have ever spent more than three hours in a cafe and used your debit card to pay for
your $1.69 grande coffee.
- ...you feel that your submission to this site deserves a byline.
By Debbie Sigan, Dennis Laycock,
Johnny Diloretto and Mark Davidson
Edited by: Thomas Powell