10. Your normally loquacious imagination now mumbles "Umm..."
9. You've worn a path in the carpet from your pacing.
8. You notice you're typing more typos than actual words.
7. You have to describe a sunset. The only word that comes to mind is 'pretty'.
6. You're drinking cold coffee.
5. The manuscript you swore yesterday was near-to-perfect now reveals itself as riddled with errors.
4. Your knowledge of rudimentary grammar and spelling seems to have disappeared along with your typing skills.
3. Your closest relationship is with your thesaurus (see #7).
2. You're convinced this manuscript is the one that will give away that your previous success was an error and you actually have no talent at all.
1. You promise yourself to never put yourself through this again. You know you're lying.
Elspeth Antonelli is an author and playwright. Her twelve murder mystery games and two plays are available through host-party.com. She has also contributed articles to the European writers' magazine "Elias". Her blog, "It's A Mystery," explores the writing process with a touch of humor. She is on Twitter as @elspethwrites.