Entertainment Weekly has gathered some wacky and wild tweets from writers on the maddening things people say to them about writing. Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, kicked off the trend when her hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter caused a hilarious uproar on literary Twitterverse, July 28, 2015, with other writers following up with their own funny and awful things they've been told.
A couple of highlights from the Entertainment Weekly article:
I thought you were dead. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
Eye surgeon: I'm thinking of writing a novel!
Me: Cool, I'm thinking of doing eye surgery!
A couple of funny and sad tweets from famous writers:
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter CUSTOMER HANDING ME 5 BOOKS TO SIGN. "It was great. I got all of them for a dollar! No one else wanted them."
I liked the movie version so much more. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
I've been having fun adding my own #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter tweets:
"You really write poetry? Really? No kidding! Does it rhyme?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Hey, wasn't your short story about the hermaphrodite nun who longed to sing in The Sound of Music really about you?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"It would be so far out to write a novel about Pluto with you." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"You write poetry? Hey, you should read Dr. Seuss." #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"You still haven't written that novel about the mating habits of orangutans I told you to write?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Why don't you just write a book like Harry Potter? How hard could it be!" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
"Why don't you get a real job?" #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
Feel free to share your own humorous #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter both on Twitter and in my comments section below.
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Writers often shell out lots of money to enter literary contests and submit to magazines, but is it worth the expense? The Blunt Instrument has a very helpful article by Elisa Gabbert on how writers can make the decision whether or not to spend the $25 or more that contests often cost. It also clues writers in on what their options are if they choose to not bother with contests. Stop by Electric Lit to read the article and learn more.