This is an interesting situation and can really ruffle your creative feathers.
- Your loved one’s announcement about deciding to write a book will come as a shock to you. As you congratulate them you will have to deal with the little child like voice in your head saying ‘I thought I was the ONLY writer in the house’.
- At first you will aim to be a supportive fellow writer. For the first few days you will find yourself sat beaming with pride as they type away. Sigh!
- This wears off pretty quick. You will soon start to find yourself turning into the green-eyed writer monster. You will start looking for ways to make writing difficult for them like running the vacuum over the carpet around their feet, turning on the TV too loud and asking them random questions whilst they work.
- Their new-found love of writing will coincide with one of your painful episodes of writer’s block. This is a given.
- Your emotions will have been fraught before your loved one announced their intention to write a book. Now that they are writing / you are not writing you will be an emotional mess.
- It will be hard to review their work because it will, in your mind, sound far better than yours. Cue the pained expression on your face as you read their writing.
- They will come up with amazing ideas for plots and stories. You will be left looking glumly at your work.
- You will become obsessed with their word count, as well as your own. You will find yourself asking them for an update every half hour.
- You might find they will make irritating comments like ‘this book writing lark is easy’ and ‘how hard can it be?’ – You will need to find a way of calmly nodding and walking away. As opposed to unleashing hell and giving their dinner to the dog.
- When your loved one gets bored with writing and decides to go back to watching TV box sets and sports you will let out a big sigh of relief. You may go a bit OTT on giving them attention. In your head spoiling them is their reward for getting off YOUR creative patch!
Happy writing with your loved one!
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