We like to be alone. Well, it just looks that way. Writers are never really alone. We have our characters
There will be spoilers. Yeah, so.
Writers are about the process. We like the writing. We like editing the manuscript, hacking our way through a tough scene, meeting our word count. Oh sure, we like finishing as much as the next guy (except it's a little scary, especially if you don't have the next project ready to think about) (okay, a lot scary no matter what). But finishing isn't our main concern. Yeah, it should be. But if it was, we'd be an accountant or something that pays us a living wage.
Often, the last thing we're all that excited about is the release. I know, you are! There it is, you say. Something to show for all your staring out the window, you say. We like our books. We kiss them when no one is looking. We gaze adoringly at them. But to us, releases are little annoying because they keep us from writing. Sure, we fake it well, but we're really thinking about our next story and our next writing session, all the time. Every writer I know is excited about their releases, but we really truly are more excited about the project we're working on right now! (Or would be working on, if we weren't dealing with the release.)
We're addicted to writing. If we don't get our fix, we get crabby.
When we're staring at the wall, we're working. When we're driving, we're working. When we're reading, we're working. Everything in our lives is a story. Everything. We aren't capable of not putting a story around people we're interested in. Oh, and when we stare at people, we aren't flirting. We're working.
Yeah, you're right. No matter how much we deny it, most of the time we aren't actually listening to you.
The answer to "do you want coffee/tea/alcohol?" will always be yes. Don't bother asking. Just bring it.