Thursday, July 30, 2015

Funny Tweets on What NOT To Say To A Writer

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:

S.E. Hinton
I thought you were dead. #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

Harlen Coben
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:

Amy Tan
#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter CUSTOMER HANDING ME 5 BOOKS TO SIGN. "It was great. I got all of them for a dollar! No one else wanted them."

Jodi Picoult
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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  1. Here's the one I get at least once a week, "I've got some great ideas for a story/movie. If you''ll write it I'll give you 25% of it."

    This is usually followed up with "when can we get together -- it could take a while" and "will you sign something so I know you won't steal my ideas."

    1. Ah, Hollywood . . . Thanks for your clever comment, Bruce.