Let’s face it: we writers are a quirky bunch, sometimes requiring special care. Here are some suggestions to pass on to anyone who might need help knowing what to do once they have unwittingly befriended a writer:
- Get used to stray pen marks. Hands, face, couch, clothes–writers can’t be bothered with neatness when they’re trying to capture the fates of their characters in a flash of blinding inspiration.
- Don’t be offended if your writer friend stops talking mid-conversation. Just give them a few minutes to work out the plot snarl that is beginning to untangle in their mind.
- Sometimes your writer friend will discuss possible ways to kill/kidnap/torture someone. Don’t call the police. Just accept it as story research.
- Reassure them. Frequently. Writing is one long series of ups and downs, and writers need to be told they’re not crazy at least 500 times a day. (Yes, I know writers are in fact crazy, but we like to be told that we’re not.)
There are the basics! What would you add to the list?