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Every writer needs another writer in her life. Or a bunch of other writers.


We need those amaaazing fellow writer friends who so totally get us. You know, the ones who know exactly what we mean when we say things like, “I’m trying to figure out my MC’s black moment and my GMC feels all muddled and I’m scared my own personal HEA is out of reach!”


We’ve got our own code, yeah?


But alas, writers must live in the real world—which means we’re going to have to interact with the others. The non-writers. The people who may sometimes look at us like we’ve got silly putty for brains.


I think it’s only the kind thing to do to help ‘em out. So below I offer…


Tips for Being Friends with a Writer


  • Try to avoid using scary words around us. Words like synopsisblank page and sales. They make us twitchy. And by all means, avoid the doozy: deadline.


  • If you see us staring at a wall or out the window, don’t ask when we’re going to get to work. We are


  • When you’re tempted to say, “But your character isn’t a real person. Stop worrying about him and/or swooning over him.”…resist! Or else be prepared for the stink eye. (LOGAN WALKER IS SO REAL IN MY HEAD, PEOPLE!!)


  • Don’t ask us when we’re going to be rich and famous. We’re wondering that ourselves, and we’re pretty sure it’s not going to happen because of writing. That’s why we come up with crazy plans to marry into wealth or go on Wheel of Fortune.


  • Bring us chocolate. Or coffee. Or both! (And actually if you could throw in a Diet Coke with Lime for yours truly, that’d be much appreciated.)


  • Don’t worry about us if it seems like we’re always babbling out loud when no one’s around. Truth is, we’re not just talking to ourselves. We’re talking to our fictional peeps. See, we’re so not crazy.


  • If you find us tied up with rope, stuck in a tiny space or, really, any matter of “Why in the world did you attempt that?” positions, don’t ask questions. Just know we were probably testing out something from a story…and help!


  • Unless you’re our parents, spouses or we owe you big-time, don’t ask for free copies of our books. Shell out the mullah, buy the book (or ask your library to) and we’ll love you forever and probably even forgive you if you’ve disregarded all the above tips!


I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here.


So if you’re a writer, what other tips would you offer for braving friendship with our kind? And if you’re not a writer, is the list do-able or are you now fearful of us crazy writers?




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Bio: Author Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. Her latest novel, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and One Enchanted Eve (Nov 2016). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book.





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