You have to be willing to listen when we get excited about something, even if it doesn't make sense to you.
- Mirriam, 21
Don't be put off when we talk to ourselves. We're just rehearsing dialogue.
- Candice, 25
We will try not to idealize you, but we will stumble. And when you don't live up to the character we mistook you for, it will hurt. Don't hold it against us. Hold our hand and remind us that the real you is better.
- Bleah, 20
You better be a good reader, because you're going to end up proof-reading EVERYTHING.
- Tania, 19
We will probably try out 50 different variations of the same sentence on you and ask you which sounds better, even though you probably don't have a clue.
- Sierra, 16
1. We do need our space. This doesn't mean we don't want your presence, though. Sometimes, we will have to focus on writing and reading, and we can't only put half-effort into that.
2. If you talk to us while we're typing away, chances are we aren't listening. Ask us to pause and listen to you. If we're on a roll, we'll ask you to wait. This isn't always in the most gentle tone of voice but it's only because we're concentrating really hard and you may or may not have broken our train of thought.
3. We DO want your opinion, but we need it gently. Constructive criticism >>>> negative criticism. Tell us your honest thoughts on what we share with you, but please be kind and realize that what you say has the potential to affect what we write for a really, really...really long time.
4. We may be working on something, and then you call us. We'll answer our phone because duh, it's you, but if we can't talk long, we'll tell you. Or you could even ask 'Hey am I interrupting anything?' If you are, don't be offended when we say 'Yeah, I was in the middle of writing something.' We just need to get back to our train of thought.
5. We're easy to purchase gifts for. Notebooks? Yes. Pens? Fabulous (we're always losing ours).
6. Speaking of notebooks, we always, always have at least one with us.
7. Many times, we can be really bad at talking. If we want to say something important, we might just write it down instead of speaking what we're thinking.
8. If you happen to see internet history such as "how fast does a person bleed out" or "how to remove bloodstains" and other strange topics, don't worry. It's just research.
9. We would be perfectly content with a leisure Saturday of us writing and you watching your basketball game. Just remember to always keep physical touch in the evening.
10. Inspiration can come in many different forms...and we will verbalize it. Again, it may not make sense to you, but at least be happy for us.
11. Don't be offended when she corrects your spelling or grammar. It really does annoy her, okay? And hey, she's 'changing' you for the better.
12. We will probably read into things too much and too often. However, this also means that we're very perceptive. So just know that what you say, how you say it and your facial expressions will not go unnoticed.
13. We might get frustrated that our characters aren't doing what we want them to do. Just sympathize with us, okay? We can't control them.
14. Even if you aren't the best writer in the world, chances are a girl who is a writer will be swept off her feet by a letter from her lover. Words have such power. And knowing who penned them makes them even more special and important.
15. We people watch...a lot. It might be a little creepy, but this is one sure way to get character inspiration.
16. As much as you may want to read out stuff, don't push us to show you. Especially with personal writing (poetry, journals, etc.), it may take a bit of time to let you have a peek at it. And even then, you may never get to read it. This doesn't mean we don't trust you. It's just the caution of vulnerability that you need to be sensitive to.
This post was originally published by Raquel on Brave.