I first thought up the idea for this novel when I was on an airplane. My first set of scribbled notes has the telltale signs of a bumpy flight. I work well on airplanes – trapped in a tiny seat, facing forward, usually no Internet, trapped with strangers and questionable food choices. I find the words come freely the more uncomfortable my situation. (This also explains why I enjoy working in television.) A friend of mine does an impression of me in what she calls my “writing stance” – doubled over at the edge of the couch in a protective hunch, attacking the keyboard in an attempt to get the words out before I pee myself. That is exactly what I’m doing when I’m at my most inspired.
3. If he’s got a girlfriend, you need to stop trying to be so great of a best friend to him.
This isn’t a romantic comedy; this isn’t how you’re going to find a soul mate. This is a recipe for disaster. Either you are going to fall in (what you think is) love and waste months upon months waiting for this guy to feel the same way about you, or he is going to keep using you as his girlfriend Fairy Godmother, who keeps making him a better boyfriend by telling him how you wish he felt about you. Also, his actual girlfriend? Hates you so much right now. Not to mention, all that time she’s got on her hands because you’re off with her boyfriend? Right now she’s using it to make everyone else hate you just as much as she does. Go find some nice girls to hang out with until you find a cute, single boy who wants to play video games with you and only you.