As you have probably guessed from reading the title of this post, I'll be listing a bunch of quirks that us writers have... and do a lot. So without further ado...
1. Staring at a random person for the longest moment with a glazed-over look in our eyes.
(Who is that weirdo, and why does he/she have the look of a zombie in their eyes?)
I'm sorry, but as writers, we usually have a million things going on in our head, a million plots, and a million character's lives we are thinking about, and you just happen to be in the path of our uncomprehensive eyes.
2. (Also relates to #1) Staring at a random person and giggling while averting eyes because that random person looks scarily like a character from your book.
(Why is that person staring at me?)
This is the reaction of the "victim". ^
(IT'S MY CHARACTER!)
This is our reaction at seeing our book characters in real life. ^ Hey, it could be worse. It takes all we have inside us not to tackle the look alike.
(HELLO, CHARACTER OF MINE!)
As hard as we try, we cannot possibly contain our excitement. So don't freak out if book writer comes up to you with this creepy smile on their faces and asks to take your picture. Yeah, I've done that before... *ahem* Moving on!
3. During a conversation and out of the blue we mutter something totally random that does not relate at all to the topic and smile stupidly.
(Wh-what are you talking about? This is not irrelevant to the subject!)
You might not know it, but you have just given a writer just the idea they have been searching for for their book. A wondrous idea that could CHANGE THE WHOLE FATE OF THE WORLD! In the book, I mean. Forgive us, if you are reading this and are not a writer... It is not intentional to interrupt you.
(That face we get when we finally find out what's going to happen in our book.)
4. When someone tries to have a conversation with you while you are trying to write, your words come out in broken syllables.
Look, people, when we're writing, we're in a whole different world and can't comprehend or grasp what you're saying. It might sound like we're being antisocial or selfish, but it's something we can't help. All we want to do at that time is write. Our mind isn't in the real world. It's in a world we have created.
(Just... leave us in peace while we write!)
To put it politely: PLEASE LEAVE US BE!
5. We ramble on and on about our stories and bore you to death about our meaningless characters.
We don't mean to, but when we have a story in our heads we just need to spout it out to someone, even if that someone is half listening and doesn't care. We need someone to talk to! We need someone to tell our secrets to!
(Can I talk to you... about my books?)
6. (Depends on the type of writer for this to be true) When we get inspiration... no, I don't need to put anymore words. Just this.
And I leave you on that note!
Helmut Thielicke quote
"Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."