Survival Tips for Successfully Dating a Writer

Here’s what life alongside a writer typically looks like. Can you handle it?

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1. You’re probably going to have at least one character based off of you at some point. Deal with it.

2. Sometimes, nights and weekends are for writing. We must plan accordingly.

3. If we interrupt you in the middle of telling a story to write something down, don’t take it personally. It’ll just take a second.

4. If we’re quiet for a long time, it’s probably fine — sometimes we get lost in our ideas. Just poke us every once in awhile to make sure.

5. You don’t have to read everything we write. We probably wouldn’t want you to, anyway. But it wouldn’t hurt to offer every now and then.

6. We don’t always sleep well. If you have to wake us up early, do it with coffee in hand. And be patient, but persistent. Ideas like to keep us up late.

7. Big romantic gestures are nice, but so is ice cream. Sugar makes writing more fun. Sometimes.

8. But don’t worry: we don’t want to talk about our work all the time. We’re (mostly) normal.

9. Sometimes we’ll say really cheesy, mushy things straight out of romance novels because, honestly, we can’t help it. Just roll with it.

10. You inspire us to write better stories because you make us better people. Never forget that. And … thanks.


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.


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5 thoughts on “Survival Tips for Successfully Dating a Writer

      1. Aww I’m so glad you did!! Post like these always brighten my day because they show that there are other people out there like me with the same little quirks and habits :)

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