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This weekend, I posted some of my tips to help writers make it through the holiday season with our sanity more or less intact. However, I know that writers often make our loved ones crazy, too, so today I wanted to share some strategies to help non-writers cope with their creative relatives.

101_0965Writers can be tricky creatures, but chocolate and patience will go a long way!

Instead of: asking the writer in your life how her book is doing (or if she’s got an agent or a book deal yet)…

Try this: ask her how her writing is going. If she answers in monosyllables, that’s a good hint that it’s time to switch topics, so shift gears and don’t stress. Writers don’t always want to talk about their work, but we’re always glad you asked!

Instead of: telling your writer in front of a large family gathering your detailed thoughts on her newest book…

Try this: pull her aside before things get too hectic and let her know that you enjoyed what you read. Unless, of course, you didn’t enjoy it, but in that case, avoiding the book unless she brings it up is always an option.

Instead of: planning a tightly packed schedule, with lots of people to see and places to go…

Try this: build some down-time into your celebrations, and don’t be surprised if you find your writer tucked away in a quiet corner or closet somewhere, scribbling ideas or typing away.

Don’t forget that the best way to support your writer is to offer words of encouragement, copious amounts of wine and chocolate, and (of course!) buy her books for all your friends. πŸ˜‰

Have a very merry holiday season, y’all!