How to Love a Writer


Writers are not the easiest people to fall in love with. Many of the characteristics of a great writer also make for a horrific companion. Over at PloughsharesAmber Kelly-Anderson explores some of the things to expect when the heart wants a wordsmith.

Loving a writer is like rescuing a pet—it can be trying at times, but it’s worth it. Remember that we are passionate about many things, including our beloved Innocent Bystanders.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →