How to be Friends with a Writer: A Few Simple Tips
1) If you ask us what we write about, we will usually reply with something along the lines of, “Erm… Just… stuff, I guess…” And perhaps mutter a few jumbled details we think are cool, but actually make no sense out of context.
2) Writers are WEIRD. Get over it.
3) If you ask to read what we’ve written, you will usually hear a feline-like hiss, followed swiftly by the sounds of shuffling pages as notebooks are stuffed into messenger bags.
4) Yes, we’re critiquing your grammar. And your spelling. And yes, sometimes we make typos. But at least we know it.
5) Do not repeatedly tell them they will be the next J.K. Rowling and write the next big novel series, getting paid millions of dollars and being offered movie deals. This is not encouraging. This is daunting. We’d often rather be told we’ll end up as starving artists. We don’t write to make money or become famous. We write because we have to, because we love it, and because we’d most likely explode otherwise.
6) If you expect us to talk fluently the way we write, you will most likely be sorely disappointed. Writers write. And we usually suck at talking.
I could come up with many more, but I’m going to go write my novel instead. It’s about…stuff. And no, you can’t read it. *hiss*