Writers struggle. Writers deal with endless writer’s block, depressing feelings of self-doubt, and mostly, small boughs of recognition for long hours as well as complete dedication. However, the toughest part of being a writer is constantly defending the dedication writers hold. Twitter seems to understand these feelings as they opened up a thread just for the stupid things writers hear all too often at hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter and it has been trending for a few days.
There is the over-generalization that writing is easy. What is not considered in this assumption is that the style of writing learned in elementary and high school that is used in a text message, office memos, and even used to write a letter, do not use the same skills necessary for professional authors. Writers, who are poets, novelists, journalists, or another type of professional author, must connect words in such a way that it could be classified as art. They have to paint a word picture for the reader to understand what is happening.
On July 28, Twitter gave writers the opportunity to vent their writing struggles as well as the judgment that comes with their frustrations and it is trending still. It is hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Best-selling authors, serious journalists, and those who write for fun have joined in to add to this list. These authors have covered everything while Twitter has helped writers to bond.
Here are some of the tweets mentioned on Twitter found under #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter:
- “Are you still doing that little writing thingy?”
- “You are a writer? Cool! I have a blog too!”
- “Can I be in your next book?” “Sure man, can use your skin for the pages.”
- “You are a children’s author? Do you plan to write a real book soon?”
- “Writing is easy, right? I should try it so I can make some extra money.”
- “You wrote this? Did it bother you? Were you traumatized as a child? It is disturbing.” (Has Stephen King had to hear that one?)
- “There is no such thing as writer’s block so just get on with it.”
- “When I retire, I am going to write a book too.”
- “Are you still writing, or have you found a job?”
- “It must be so nice to have time to write. I wish I could quit my job too.”
- “Where can I get the Cliff Notes to your book?”
- “Have you written anything I have heard of?”
- “The movie was better.”
- “You write? I wish I could do nothing all day.”
- “Have you been published for real, or just on the internet?”
- “You wrote a book? About what?…Why?”
- Do not talk to writers, just back away slowly and do not make eye contact. Play dead if necessary.
- “I enjoy your audiobooks. They put me to sleep.”
- “I hear people are not reading anymore. Do you have a backup plan?”
- “Cool hobby. What is your actual job?”
- “Are you a REAL writer?”
- “I read your book, for free, online!”
- “That character is me, right! I knew it was me! It is totally me, right?”
- USA Today posted, “Can you make this sentence *pop* more?”
- “You are a great writer! I could not even tell you were a woman when I read it.”
- “Can you send me a free copy of your book?”
- “Oh. I am unemployed too.”
- “You’re a writer? My cousin’s housekeeper’s mechanic’s son is a writer. I will get his number so you can ask for some advice.”
- “Oh, you’re a self-published writer? So that means you aren’t really a published writer, right?”
- “So, do you think you’ll get it published?”
- “I just finished reading a book that had the same plot.”
- “You write fantasy novels? Have you written any real books?”
There are more comments online in the Twitter list. What must be remembered is that regardless of what someone does in life, people need support and encouragement from each other to thrive. These comments are similar to saying, “It was for the best,” to someone at a funeral.
Every day, most people have an opportunity to make someone else’s day with some small compliment. A moment to give a stranger a smile. A window available to say, “Thank you.” Many people miss this opportunity, ignore the moment until it has passed, and choose to close the window. These are the things writers focus on, such as human interaction. These are the things writers think about and ask themselves in order to get each character’s personality just right or prevent writer’s block.
Authors are constantly watching their environment, focusing on the atmosphere, and writing about whatever they see, hear, feel, smell, as well as think about. Writers–good ones–never stop thinking; therefore, they do not stop working. There is often not enough time in the day to be a writer. Often, the time that should be spent absorbing the world around them is spent writing something that did not get finished yesterday.
Twitter’s hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToWriters is trending because writers are often unappreciated and underpaid. Moreover, many authors are not taken seriously. That being said, writers do it anyway because a writer has to write. Thank you, Twitter, for understanding this plight.
Opinion By Jeanette Smith
Edited By Leigh Haugh
The Observer: #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter Hashtag Has Famous Authors Venting and Bonding on Twitter
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