This article was originally written by the amazing Emily Jeffords over on her wonderful blog last year, and even though not every single one of these apply to me (but most do!), it's valuable information for anyone that's close to a creative person. Because we can be difficult sometimes, I know!
"1. Listen earnestly. Most creative people have a hard time articulating their thoughts with spoken words, so when they speak, listen with an open & gracious mind. I like to think this is because our minds are full of so many wonderful ideas that they have a hard time spilling out (and that’s actually kind of true…)
2. Figure out how your friend communicates best and meet them there. Talking, phone calls, writing, singing, with images…Even if you don’t communicate that way, appreciate that they do.
3. Fight for your friendship. Don’t hesitate to insert yourself into their life (tactfully & graciously of course). You will probably have to put for extra effort to make this relationship actually happen. We’re sorry!
4. But also, give them space, knowing that creativity takes extreme focus, time, and may mean that other things in life get 2nd priority for a time (even dear friends).
5. Be willing to live a little outside the box. It’s fun, you’re going to feel like a crazy person sometimes, but it is fun.
6. Creativity takes a lot of the emotional energy, be ready to support and strengthen. No harsh judgment, no insult, no unneeded criticism.
7. Delight in their creation. Regardless of how confident a creative person may seem on the outside, they are their own worst critic and those voices are deeply ingrained in their heads. Be a positive influence.
8. Offer valuable encouragement and feedback, and critique with knowledge. Remember that the closer you get to someone the more weight your words carry. This is 200% true for creative people.
9. Keep life in perspective. Most creative people are very driven, but not in the way you might expect. There are spurts of intensity, and times of creative rest. Remind your friend that these times of rest, dry spells, are healthy and nothing to be ashamed of.
10. Dream and philosophize together. At the heart of creativity is an idea. Coaxing that idea into words and visual forms is the fun part. Be an “ideas person” – if only for the duration of one meal. ;)
…Ok, one more, because it’s super important:
Creativity takes a certain amount of emotional rawness. It means that creative people get very happy, very sad, are in tune with their surroundings, and feel things very, very deeply. This isn’t always easy to live with (for either person) so be ready to be the support we all need at times. And, I guarantee you, if you are ever in need an empathetic person (and you will sometime), you’ve got the very best at your shoulder."