Writers everywhere vent via #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

30 Jul 2015

Writers, we get no respect.

Whether its fiction or non-fiction, laying down prose for a living is one of the toughest rackets out there. If you’re not in the top tier of authors getting rich off your words, making enough money writing can be a struggle week-to-week. And then there are the battles against crippling writer’s block and self-doubt to contend with. It’s all in a day’s work.

And yet, writers seem to attract questions and comments that range from belittling to downright offensive. This week, authors, journalists, poets and amateur writers alike have been airing some of those common snippets of conversation on Twitter via the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Marvel at some world-class disparaging remarks like, “Oh, you write for kids? So when are you going to write a real book?” and, “Are you still doing that little writing thing?”

Here are 10 more fine examples that you should avoid saying to a writer at all costs.

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Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic

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