10 Things Not to Say to a Writer

I’ve enjoyed the #10thingsnottosaytoawriter conversation on Twitter this week. Thought I’d join in the fun. The comments I’ve seen seem to range from annoying to rude to atrocious — my entries are mostly in the “annoying” category.

  1. You write young adult fantasy? So your book’s like Twilight, right?
    Right. Because there are no other young adult fantasy books.
  2. (Relatedly) Hey, you should write romance. Those writers make so much money.
    Maybe, but I can’t stomach romance novels. If I can’t read one for even an hour, what on Earth would compel me to spend months or years writing one? There’s a reason I write what I write, and it’s not for the money.
  3. Your book sounds…interesting.
    You don’t have to lie. You’re allowed to not be the right audience for my book.
  4. So you’re going to be the next J.K. Rowling?
    …What? No? Why is this even a question?
    killing characters
  5. Who do you want to star in the movie?
    Writers have no control over whether a movie is even made. Casting for said movie is so far off my radar, it could have just passed Pluto…But since we’re on the subject, I prefer casting unknowns for main characters. If Jennifer Lawrence played Saydie, for example, I would just see Katniss behaving strangely.
  6. But isn’t the publishing industry dying?
    No, actually. It’s not. It’s just going through the biggest upheaval since the invention of the printing press. Enjoy the innovation. Also, STFU.
  7. Writing sounds like a nice hobby.
    Yeah? So does your job.please do not annoy the writer
  8. I’d write too if I had that much free time.
    Yeah, free time. Wonder what that’s like.
  9. So you’re not published.
    Actually, I am. But there’s no need to be rude.
  10. When will you finish your book?
    ‘Nough said.

Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

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