#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter: How to Irritate a Writer

You may not have a long list in your head right now, but I am sure you can rattle off several ways to irritate a writer. Pet peeve, anyone?

Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, and Five Quarters of the Orange (if you haven’t read the last book, I highly recommend it), has started a trend on Twitter called #TenTweets.

The topics #TenTweets covers changes, but a few months ago, it was “Ten Things Not to Say to a Writer”.

It does what it says on the tin: things that you shouldn’t say to a writer, unless you want to get on their wrong side – and we know what that means.

irritate a writer

Today, just for fun, let’s take a look at some ways to irritate a writer – inspired by #TenTweets.



Another OUCH.

I do make money, thank you very much!

Or, what’s your day job?

This is a really good thing to say to irritate a writer. I can’t blame any writer if they block (or worse) anyone who says this to them, can you?

Now I know we can all relate to this one. How many ads have you seen that say this?

Family Guy fans, you get this.


Why don’t you???

This last one cracked me up. By the way, if I work at a coffee shop, I prefer Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Their chai tea latte is better.

Now I am sure you’ve got a running list of your own. Care to share?

Follow Joanne Harris on Twitter for more #TenTweets.

Also read: A Writer’s Pet Peeves





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