If you are a brainstorm buddy, you've come to the right post. If you're a writer, you've also come to the right post and you can share this with your brainstorm buddy--or at least maybe get a laugh.
Hello. So you are someone who has been bestowed upon the esteemed position of being the all-hallowed brainstorm buddy. This means you have the privilege of getting insight on a writer's books that no one else can have. You will be a part of the creation of their magnum opus. When one is chosen for this elite status a writer is saying:
Therefore here is a brief guide on how to be a proper brainstorm buddy so you and your writer may get maximum production out of your partnership. I may have gotten a little gif-happy with this post, but hopefully these visual aids will be of assistance.
1.) Accept the Fact That They are Going to Talk to You About A Lot of Weird Stuff - Writers a weird. It's the truth, so accept they are going to talk to you about weird things like gunshot wounds, what the toilets are like in Russia, and, "Should I make this race's skin purple or vermilion?" Also just because they talk about building bombs and where to bury bodies this does not mean they are terrorists or psychopaths. This is perfectly normal writer behavior, and remember it's all for the books.
|This reaction to some writer's spiel is acceptable.|
2.) Accept the Fact and Be Willing to Possibly to Do Weird Stuff For/To Them - Your writer may ask you to do strange things in the name of book research such as duct tape their hands (I've done it), ask you to get into a certain sitting position so they can describe it (I've done it.), or try weird foods at certain restaurants so they can describe exact tastes. Writers want to make their books as realistic as possible (Yes, even speculative fiction has to be realistic to a degree) and we'll do a lot to make sure we can get that realism.
|Writers love this kind of enthusiasm.|
3.) Accept the Fact They May Ask You About Said Things At Weird Times of the Day or Night - The muse will hit the writer at any time of the day or night, so you may get a text a two a.m. when the writer is trying to fan a flame of an idea that just hit them in a dream or they may call you up randomly to talk about another idea. Some writers get their ideas in the shower or while washing dishes, some have their juices flow in the day or night. It varies, but it's common behavior.
|Thank you for your lack of sleep.|
|This is what the writer is doing.|
|It's okay if you have this reaction.|
|It's okay to have a lot of questions.|
7.) And Sometimes Just Shut Up and Let them Talk - In other cases you just have to be quiet and listen and just let them talk out their idea or problem. They just need a living human being that's not their cat to voice their idea to.
|Sometimes the theories are a bit flawed.|
|Fangirling is totally acceptable.|
|Give your brainstorm buddy a hug!|
I hope this was a helpful guide for you brainstorm buddies out there! And, writers, love on your brainstorm buddies. They do so much for us. Give them a hug, text them "I love you," buy them ice cream, rant about their greatness in the comments, just anything you can think of to show the love. I'll start, "I love you, Cassia, Cassidy, and Lyssa! You guys are the most awesome brainstorm buddies ever!" Brainstorm buddies rock!
Who is your brainstorm buddy? What are some things you've asked them to do? Who is your writer? What are some strange thing they've asked you to do?
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