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.
Today, just for fun, let’s take a look at some ways to irritate a writer – inspired by #TenTweets.
@Joannechocolat I love this to such a tearful extent, I’m now dehydrated. My personal fave: “When are you going to write a real book?”
— MaryJanice Davidson (@MaryJaniceD) July 28, 2015
@Joannechocolat Is “good luck with your hobby” one of them? 😉 — elizabeth fischer (@lizzyf101) July 28, 2015
“Your passion won’t pay the bills. Stop wasting your time” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
— Sexy Bane (@browland1) July 28, 2015
I do make money, thank you very much!
“You’re a writer? Awesome. What’s your real job?” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter — Paul Hudson (@MrPaulHudson) July 28, 2015
Or, what’s your day job?
“Are you still doing that little writing thing?” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
— GABE (@gabesingin) July 28, 2015
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?
10. “Your husband/parents must be very supportive.” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter — Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) July 28, 2015
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter We don’t pay, but it’s a great opportunity for you to get your name out there! pic.twitter.com/Ul5Pa5IxjI
— Elisa Hategan (@elisahategan) July 28, 2015
Now I know we can all relate to this one. How many ads have you seen that say this?
So how’s that novel coming on #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter pic.twitter.com/0imFCHRhAV — Kyle Coe (@_Kylesberg_) July 28, 2015
Family Guy fans, you get this.
I prefer the movie verisions. #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter
— Kevin Hurtack (@GunSmokeGhouls) October 10, 2015
What NOT to say to a writer: “I Could Write a Book if I Wanted” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter #writingtips #promocave pic.twitter.com/031MhnfpUq — JorgeOlson (@JorgeOlson) September 6, 2015
Why don’t you???
“You’re a writer? So which Starbucks do you work at? HAHAHAHAH” (2/10) #tenthingsnottosaytoawriter
— TJ Fixman (@TJ_Fixman) August 15, 2015
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.
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