Smooth sailing toward my goal of successful author! Wait...
that's not me. That's a kite. An otter kite. And it's heading
straight for that tree branch on the right. Such an easy mistake
to make: author-otter. Yep.
3. If you see someone and think to yourself, "What a great so and so (name of character in your manuscript/short story he/she would be!" then you could be a writer. Ditto if you run home and write down his/her description for future reference.