What I wish non-writers knew about writing.
Writer’s get a bad rep when it comes to the non-writing community. There are rumours about that industry that aren’t kind. Writers have a full workday, just like anybody else and if writing isn’t already their full-time job, it’s a full-time hobby!
We work hard, we work long hours, and we are tired of your flippant remarks.
If you want to be a friend to writers, please stop saying the following things.
You wouldn’t write a book if you had more time.
People often treat writing like it’s some sort of luxurious career. As if all writers have the time to sit down at the computer and clack away at the keys.
We don’t have the time. We make the time. That is a huge difference.
There are writers out there that work full-time jobs, have families, have health issues, and they still get the job done.
It’s not that you lack the time. It’s that you don’t have the motivation.
Don’t sell us short with your off-handed one-liner that implies luxury. It will do nothing but make us very angry.
You might get yourself killed in a book. You’re playing a dangerous game!
No, I don’t want your story ideas.
I’m not the type of writer that comes up with ideas frequently. I struggle to cling to topics that I want to explore.
Outlining and planning a book takes me a long time because I want to make sure that what I’m writing is going to be fun for me, and worth the effort.
I do not need your half-baked crackpot idea that you’ve been toying with for the grand total of thirty seconds.
The only time I will ever want a story idea is if I ask for one.
Oh, and while we are here. No, you can’t be a character in my book. Just no.
No, we’re not rich.
Writer’s struggle to make a living. Most writers never quit their day job. It’s not about money; it’s about the love of writing.
So disregard ‘write a book’ on those ‘how to make passive income’ articles. Writing a book isn’t passive; editing a book isn’t passive; marketing your book isn’t passive. It’s a lot of work, so stop making it seem like you can do it in your sleep!
We all wish that we would make it big, but that just can’t be a reality for all of us. It’s hurtful to tell people that everyone should be able to make money from writing a book, that just isn’t the case.
No, I don’t want a movie deal.
If I wanted a movie deal, I would’ve written a screenplay.
I get that the big movie deal is a dream, but that’s just it.
A movie deal does not a successful book make. There are so many factors that go into considering a book for a movie idea; one of those is adaptability.
Sometimes a book just isn’t meant to be.
Either way, an author’s end goal is not a book deal.
It’s probably just a livable wage.
No, self-publishing doesn’t mean publishers have rejected me.
I chose to self-publish my first book, and I’ll probably self-publish my second book.
I didn’t even try to submit it to agents or publishers. You want to know why?
It’s a faff.
I don’t need the recognition, I want to get my book out into people’s hands, and I don’t need the vanity stamp of a publisher on my book.
I might choose to go the publishing route in the future because I adore the big five, but if it means putting my dreams and work goals on hold for a publishing house that may or may not like my ideas… I’ll pass.
Self-publishing does not equal less quality. It just means that the author worked really hard, all by themselves to put that book in your hands.
I don’t need your cliche writing advice.
I need you to buy my book.
I get it. You heard some writing advice in that one creative writing class that you took years ago. It helped you. You’ve taken it to heart.
You haven’t written anything though so excuse me if I don’t listen too closely to your words of infinite wisdom.
Listen, your advice is fine if I ask for it.
Just don’t expect me to ask for it.
It’s not like x because it is in x genre.
Okay, I’m writing a fantasy book about people with abilities. No, it’s not x-men. No, it’s not Harry Potter. No, it’s not Lord of the Rings.
It’s working title is planted, and it has nothing in common with the above stories except that it’s fantasy with some magical elements.
Please stop telling me what my story is like before you’ve read it.
Negative encounters with non-writers like this are few and far between. They don’t happen that often.
They do happen enough, though, that it is starting to get on my nerves.
Your local writer is already going through enough stress trying to juggle all of their writing plates. Give them a break and zip your lip.