Entertainment Weekly explains how Joanne Harris (author of Chocolate) tweets about sexism in publishing started a maelstrom of opinions eventually devolving into authors tweeting examples of #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Another article reports that Twitter started the thread devoted to the awkward or annoying remarks made to authors. Either way it is astounding the things people will say.
I’ve read some of the tweets and they are pretty funny unless, of course, one happens to be an author on the receiving end of one of these less than brilliant statements.
A few examples are:
@ReedsyHQ: “Are you still doing the writing thing or did you get a real job?” – #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
@Jeannie_Moon: “Oh, you write romance? When are you going to write a real book?” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
@VegaDaBand: “Does the writing job pay,i have this idea for a book,i think it great…” #TenThingsNotToSayToWriters
@VegaDaBand: “People always tell me my life story is a book. I thought maybe you'd want to write it.” #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter
EW’s favorite tweets of this ilk can be read here.
Just for fun search the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter on Twitter to come up with your own list of funniest tips for authors.