For those of you who may not be writers, but have friends and family that are, here are a few tips about how to treat your writer:
- If your writer is writing, don’t bug them. Just don’t do it.
- If your writer wants to talk about what they’re writing, encourage them. This is how a lot of writers brainstorm new ideas, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- If your writer doesn’t want to talk about his or her story, don’t pressure them. Many writers are self-conscious or prefer to keep the details to themselves while they work out the nitty gritty details.
- Respect that your writer will need time alone to work on their project. They may forget that you had plans or cancel last-minute. This does not mean that they hate you, or that their writing is more important than your relationship. It just means that they’re on a roll.
- And for the love of goodness do not ask your writer to write you into their current project.
- If your writer chooses to write in your company, don’t try to read over their shoulder or steal their writing utensil without getting permission first. It may seem funny to you, but it is disruptive to the writer.
- Don’t compare your writer’s project to another book or poem unless your writer asks for you to do so. Such comparisons often make a writer self-conscious or unsure about their current project.
- If your writer has writers block, ask them if you can do anything to help, such as supplying them with grief-chocolate.
That’s all I can think of for now. These aren’t set-in-stone rules, just suggestions based on my experience as a writer. I hope they helped.