Writers’ Bumps: An Endangered Condition? by Marie Zhuikov

I am honored that this post from my blog was chosen by Lake Superior Writers as the first by a local writer for their new blog. This Writer’s Bump post is one of my most popular. People from all over the world who are wondering what that bump is on their finger access it for answers. I remember when I wrote it, I had trouble finding any information about writer’s bumps. I guess my blog is now the go-to source for this condition, which is rather amazing!

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Photo by Jak of the Mast Cells & Collagen Behaving Badly blog.

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Writers’ Bumps: An Endangered Condition?

The picture above of the middle finger is not me flipping you off. It’s not even my finger. I found it on this blog. I am featuring it here because it shows a writer’s bump, which is something I, and many other writers have. 

These bumps are formed from the pressure of a pen or pencil pushing against the middle finger when a person is writing. If you’re right-handed, it will form on your right hand. If you’re left-handed, it will form on your left.

I once asked a manicurist if she could ever tell what profession a person has from looking at their hands. She had never considered it. Then I told her about how to spot a writer from their bump. I’m sure she was edified forever by this information…

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2 thoughts on “Writers’ Bumps: An Endangered Condition? by Marie Zhuikov

  1. You are right, most young people would not know what a writer’s bump is. I have one that is fading as I pick up my pen to write less and less and don’t want to give up my laptop. Soon writer’s bumps will be extinct! Good post!

    • Many young people have replied to me original post, boasting about their writer’s bumps. This gives me hope they won’t go extinct and we don’t have to start a movement to preserve them. 🙂

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