1. We function best with darkened spaces. Like a desk, or a writing cave.

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2. We’re characterized by being active during the night and sleeping during the day. When we can get away with it.

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3. Highly developed sense of hearing means we pick up on and use the conversations we hear around us all the time. Especially you, quirky customer in line who is abusing the cashier for no real reason. Oh yes. You’re going in the next book.

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4. Specially adapted eyesight means we catch the personal quirks of random strangers to adapt into characters.

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5. We’re mostly shy and prefer the dark.

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6. Push us out into the light and we might dry up into a pile of overly melodramatic dust. It’s a risk. Don’t do it.

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7. Tend to scurry into darkened corners when placed in a social situation.

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8. Flocks of us congregate online at late hours to debate minuscule facets of obscure writing advice.

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9. Writing is better than lying in bed, wide-eyed, watching the shadows dance and populating them with imaginary creatures.

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10. How else would we legitimize drinking coffee after 4pm?

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