Writing by Peter Hilton

How to seduce a writer

Neil Gaiman doesn’t always write about programming - 22 August 2014

Although Neil Gaiman’s rules for writing fiction are really about software development, Gaiman doesn’t always write about programming. In one of his blog posts he responded to the question of how to seduce a writer, as follows.

In my experience, writers tend to be really good at the inside of their own heads and imaginary people, and a lot less good at the stuff going on outside, which means that quite often if you flirt with us we will completely fail to notice, leaving everybody involved slightly uncomfortable and more than slightly unlaid.

So I would suggest that any attempted seduction of a writer would probably go a great deal easier for all parties if you sent them a cheerful note saying “YOU ARE INVITED TO A SEDUCTION: Please come to dinner on Friday Night. Wear the kind of clothes you would like to be seduced in.”

And alcohol may help, too. Or kissing. Many writers figure out that they’re being seduced or flirted with if someone is actually kissing them.

This obviously has nothing to do with programmers. Nothing at all.

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