‘The idea is to write so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.’
– Maya Angelou
Here are 10 things people shouldn’t say to writers…
1. So, you’re the next J.K. Rowling, eh?
Why should we all strive to be someone else? I write like me 😉 It also irks me when people say some up-and-coming is the new Aretha Franklin etc. I don’t mind if they say x reminds them of, but there will never be another! God only makes one-offs!
Simone Biles: ‘I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.’
2. Why did you write that? I would’ve done it like, …
They go on to explain in chapter, line and verse, like it’s their story.
3. Did you write those Amazon reviews yourself?
I mean, why would you say that? I guess it’s a case of liars thinking everyone lies etc.
4. Writing doesn’t make money! Get a proper job!
Is everything about money? I write because I love creative expression. Also, I have a proper job! And it’s not about money, it’s about inspiring and motivating children to become the greatest version of themselves.
5. Are you deluded? I mean, what makes you think you can write?
This was from someone whose last reading experience was good ol Peter and Jane! No joke. No comment necessary.
6. You must be a good liar!
What can you say to this? Daren’t waste energy giving an answer. It might not come out right!
7. Do you just want to shock people?
To write, you have to find something that ‘gets’ to you in one way or another. It has to sustain your interest long enough for you to write stories with a beginning, middle and end. And is a brilliant read! 😉
8. Are you published yet?
If you say yes, it’s good. But, if say no, you’re nothing! People can be funny creatures! They only think you’re good enough if you’re published. I’d bet there are millions of people who can write, but haven’t had the lucky break.
9. How’s the novel going?
I told them a million times… I only write short stories. Someone’s not really listening…
10. Why don’t you write this? It’s a wicked story, right…
They give you some verbal diarrhoea about aliens living next door to Justin Bieber eating cake in California…
It’s all good fun!! 😉
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