10 things not to say to a writer

Joanne Harris—author of Chocolat, Five Quarters of the Orange and this excellent Twitter bio: Chocolatrix. Raconteuse. Loves the smell of facepalm in the morning.—recently created a hashtag that topped the trending charts. It all started with the tweet above.

This soon snowballed into an avalanche of hilarity, as you’ll see from the sampling below. From scrolling through the tweets for the #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter you’ll see that the most popular grievance seems to be that people think writing is not real work. Ironically, there’s also a contempt embedded in these tweets for bloggers, authors who self-publish and anyone else who presumes to identify as a writer. Harris reacts to this condescension on her Tumblr, where she argues why we should restore the word amateur with the respect it’s due.

Published or not, though, if you ever run into any of these writers, resist the urge to say any of this:


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