Tonight’s post is going to be kinda long, but fun. I was going to write some philosophical and inspiring post on what it means to be a writer… eh. Maybe later. Instead, here are ten signs that you are going crazy.
I mean, here are ten signs that you are a writer…
And what to do if you happen to see one at work. This is not only a great way to diagnose those of our species, but also how to act around them.
If you see a writer in this stage of creativity, don’t go near them. The tiniest thing that you do could set them off and that would only mean that you would be in their novel… You don’t ever want to have a reason to be in someone’s book. It’s almost always a bad reason.
If a writer starts to talk to you about their ideas and their writing, never criticize them or shut them down rudely. Most of the time they will stop talking after about an hour, but if you interact with the situation it could last for days.
Don’t ever get in the way of the writer and their jotted down ideas. Never replace that mirror or read their notebook full of creepy sketches of their murderer-characters. Just pretend that the crazy side doesn’t exist and it won’t come to haunt you.
My one piece of advice for anyone who comes into contact with a writer at work is not to interrupt them. Don’t push open the blinds to snap them out of it. Don’t talk to them or start tapping on their keyboard. All of this can be detrimental to your health. And never, never pull their computer plug. Never.
If you are disturbed by a writer and their nocturnal habits, I would recommend calmly confronting them. Now, this is a worst case scenario. I still always say just to keep your distance. If their constant, loud music is keeping you up all night, buy them some nice headphones. Or better yet, get yourself some earplugs. It’s better to avoid contact. It’s like trying to calmly pet a lion. Writers are crazy and dangerous creatures on the inside.
Make sure that the fridge is stocked with this drink of choice. If you see that the milk carton is getting low, add it to the grocery list. Maybe get two. These things can run out very quickly during the all-nighter writathons.
You can identify this writer by the dark circles under their eyes and common naps during the daylight, emphasizing their nocturnal tendencies. Don’t fret. One of these days they will fall into a deep sleep and not wake up for a day or so. In psychology, this is called REM Rebound.
Don’t talk about the stash. Don’t take from the stash. If in any case you should be going near the stash of food, it’s to refill it as a gesture of peace to the unstable person using it. A jar of peanut butter or even just a bag of assorted candy will do.
This one is easy. If a writer is showing trouble interacting with other human beings and constantly shows signs of wanting to be alone with their books, leave them be. Let their cats do the work. Don’t give up on them, however, because they’re going to come up for air at some point and someone’s got to tell them what they missed in the last five years.
Encourage your nerdy and outcasted writers to pursue this goal. If it is something that they like to do, don’t tease them about it or laugh at them. Take interest in what they are writing. Be careful, though. All of the precautions in the world can’t prepare you for acting appropriately around writers. You might as well accept now that you are going to be the villain in their next novel. I wish you good luck and farewell.
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