From all night-ers to short attention spans, writers can perhaps fall under the category of: most-difficult-to-understand.
However, from our point of view, the possibilities are endless.
Here are some truths that may help you understand just what goes on inside a writer's mind - or should I say, rules that will help you cope.
You may come to us, talk to us, involve us in conversation. A word of advice - we won't remember what you have said or know what we've agreed to.
At any given time you may be thinking about work, perhaps what you will cook for dinner, or maybe even what you're going to watch on television later tonight. A writer thinks all of these things. The difference is, they think about these things and every other idea they are working on. So while you're talking about politics, or the weather, or the local sports team (go sports team!), unless we will be writing bout it at the next opportunity, we aren't really listening.
If you've ever done this and claim not to be a writer, then sit down and start typing.
All characters are based on someone. They had to spur from somewhere. Maybe it's your Dad's love of fishing or your spouse's reluctance to make a decision about anything. All of these personality traits are stored in a file marked 'to draw on if needed in the next story'.
Every time you annoy us, make us laugh, or even remind us why we love you, we store this information away for safe keeping.
We pull on memories, thoughts and dreams. They swirl around in our heads until we have no choice but to put pen to paper - or should I say, put fingers to the keyboard. When this happens, we may zone out, or more than likely, reach for our notebook. Yes we have notebooks, and yes we need a dozen at a time. Writing in different styles of notebooks is therapeutic for a writer. #icannotexplainitandiamoneofthem
Our minds become a large mess of thoughts that, for a short while, can remain just that. Without the proper release of marking said thoughts in ink, our minds become so overcrowded that we simply can't function. Eventually, thoughts have to be put down. Ideas permanent.
This is the part that may put you off writers forever: Every character; The good guy, the bad guy, the axe-murderer, the romantic, the psychopath, the child, the female, the male ... is inside us. Every single character is taken in; consumed completely and turned inside out for every tiny detail about why they are, who they are, and exactly what we can do to torture them greatly because we are the puppeteers and nothing makes us happier.
We cry when they cry, share their pain, their tears, their laughter. We push their buttons when it pleases us and give them hope when they need it most. We have the power to kill, revive, tear apart and bring together. We know what they need and exactly what to take away so the story can blossom.
Frankly, it's the best part of the job.