The other day a close friend of mine told me “ You are so different from other writers. For one you aren’t arrogant and two you don’t constantly talk of your stories and writing and three you don’t look down on people and four you don't keep correcting people's mistakes.” To be honest I was very happy with his assessment, but I was also unhappy about the view he had of writers in general. He also told me that his other writer friends drive him crazy.
This fun post is triggered by that thought. How Writers can Drive People Crazy?
Writers should talk non-stop about their stories to family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances and even strangers on the road, to the extent that people run away when they see them.
Dinner table conversations should only center around their stories. It should be me, my stories and my characters. If family members start eating dinner in their rooms, that’s their problem. The writer can still talk to an empty room as it will be full of his or her characters.
If people call or message us we should use the opportunity to our advantage by narrating our plotline or revealing details of our stories. If people stop keeping in touch, it’s really their loss. Writers can keep in touch with their characters.
Writers should start calling people by the name of their characters. This way even when we aren’t writing we will still be close to our characters.
Writers should accost strangers on the road and tell them that they remind us of our characters, especially our antagonists and eccentric characters. If writers get beaten up, they should consider this a part of the writing life.
Writers should and must start correcting people’s grammar and sentence structure. If people take offense or consider it rude behaviour, that’s their fault. After all once we take up the noble profession of writing, then it becomes our duty to correct people’s grammar mistakes and guide them, even if they don’t want to be guided.
Writers should look down upon non-writers. We who live in the world of words and stories cannot afford to breathe the same air as the rest of the population.
Do you all want to add any other way writers can drive people crazy? Feel free to do so in the comments section.
P.S. This was a purely fun post with no offense meant to anyone.
P.P.S. Be sure to check back on 1ST June when Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh will share his amazing tips on Developing Characters in our stories.