Twitter Trend #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

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I got a ping from a co-worker about this new Twitter trend- #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter.

I jumped the bandwagon because…I am a writer and I have a say in this. When I went on to Tweet my opinion(s), I found there were already many known and unknown (to me) writers, who had some of the most amazing and witty 140 characters published online.

This is what I vented.

These are what others had to say:

#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter “It must be nice making money at a hobby.”

— Melodie Ramone (@Melodie_Ramone)

“I’m sure writing it won’t take longer than 30 minutes.”#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

— Mina V. Esguerra (@minavesguerra) 

Are you a writer? I hope your spouse earns well.

Told a teen I write YA. She hadn’t heard of me. Said, “It would have been so cool if you were Suzanne Collins!”

“You’re pretty good. You should try writing something serious.”

What’s your backup career plan? I hear your industry is dying

Have I ever heard of you?

“But are you, like, a REAL writer?”

“Can I be in your novel?” You probably are. You’re the one who dies horribly.

“You’re lucky you don’t have to work.”

“I have a great idea for a book. I just have to write it down.”

“I would totally write a novel if I had as much free time as you do. I have so many ideas.”

You know what you should write about? I have the best idea for you.

Oh, you write? I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I’m too busy doing (insert “important” thing here), though.

I really like your work! Will you write for us? Oh, we don’t pay

Isn’t EVERYONE a writer, essentially?

When I retire I’m going to write a book, too.

My life is a film, you should write it. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) 

#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter “I don’t understand why your house is so messy. You have so much free time.”

— Melodie Ramone (@Melodie_Ramone)

“oh my husband’s half-brother’s cousin’s cat writes poems, maybe you guys can collaborate” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

Can you get me published?

Give us writers a break please. We need no such gems coming being showered from all directions. Thankyou very much.


30 thoughts on “Twitter Trend #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

  1. Stuff that irks me:

    “Do you get paid?”

    “Do you get book deals? Have you even WRITTEN HALF A BOOK?!”

    “How are you a writer if I haven’t heard of you?”

    Like seriously, most people haven’t heard of chom chom, but they do exist.

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  2. After reading that I just know what Not to say to a person who declare themselves to be a writer.

    Also most of those whatnot’s come from self absorbed snobs. It’s interesting how writer’s attract such lot.

    Maybe, you should have focused on adding some perspectives to an ideal conversation with a writer.

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    • Point noted 🙂 Actually it is not the literal meaning…the hashtag, but more of how judgmental the world gets about Writers. It is like teaching a fish to swim, a bird to fly when they do not know an iota of the same. It is appalling. I guess the same goes for photographers and many artists as well. They too attract the same lot. Recently, someone on FB said – I have invested in a high range DSLR and Lenses and Tripod and what not, how do you expect me to FREELANCE for FREE? A lot of retrospection is required, sadly.


  3. I agree with so many of them, they really are annoying! I particularly hate it when people say they too could write, they just don’t, which is pretty much the same as saying I could waterski/tightrope walk/go into space, I just don’t. And the time factor also really annoys me. I make the time to read and write by watching less TV, it’s not rocket science. These days I just don’t tell people I write, it’s easier 😉

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