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.
- You write young adult fantasy? So your book’s like Twilight, right?
Right. Because there are no other young adult fantasy books.
- (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.
- Your book sounds…interesting.
You don’t have to lie. You’re allowed to not be the right audience for my book.
- So you’re going to be the next J.K. Rowling?
…What? No? Why is this even a question?
- 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.
- 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.
- Writing sounds like a nice hobby.
Yeah? So does your job.
- I’d write too if I had that much free time.
Yeah, free time. Wonder what that’s like.
- So you’re not published.
Actually, I am. But there’s no need to be rude.
- When will you finish your book?
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.