I decided to do something fun today, since my book’s release I’ve been getting a lot of these comments and I kinda don’t blame them because not many know the amount of blood sweat and tears that writers put into their work. They tend to underestimate the level of dedication and commitment that is needed to fully finish something, and I get that they think that writing a book is fun but the truth is it’s really not. Books are evil and suck the writer’s soul dry. So, here’s 6 things you shouldn’t say to a writer!
1- Can I get a copy for free?
No. You cheap bastard. I get it, if your friends with a writer its so tempting to just get the damn thing for free, but you should always remember that sales improve a book’s ranking, and a good book ranking, so if you really want to support your writer friend, buy the damn thing (there’s a hack to get it for free. Just promise to write a genuine review and they’ll give it to you)!
2- It’s like Twilight meets Harry Potter.
3- How many copies did you sell?
Okay, so if there’s anything called privacy and if your writer friend has any sense, he’s not gonna answer this. He might be selling 10, 50, or even 100. This is just an embarrassing question to answer. Think of it this way, would you ask your friend who just got hired how much he’s making? Didn’t think so.
4- It reminded me a lot of Twilight. Not in a bad way, but in a good way!
No really… Stop it.
5- Oh so you’re a writer, you know I’ve always wanted to write but couldn’t find the time.
Okay, so this is kinda common and it really takes the cake. Writing is an excruciating process that takes years to accomplish. Why do you think that your writer friend just stared at an empty screen and the book magically manifested? The difference between a writer and someone who’s not is that extra mile really. Anyone can start working on a book, but not everyone finishes one. So just avoid saying this.
6- It was good, but you should add this part.
Now, if there is one thing all writers hate, is suggestions. Don’t get me wrong, you definitely should tell them what you thought didn’t work for you. For example you can say “I found that part a bit dragging and it just took the element of surprise out of everything. It was really predictable what would happen next” < THIS HELPS. “Oh, there’s a problem but you should definitely like not reveal the tattoo that the character had in this scene. You could try to add a new scene where abhdbasd happens. < THIS DOES NOT.
I hope this fun to read! If you just avoid saying these 6 things to your writer friends you should be good to go. Who knows, they might even add you in one of their stories (see what I did there?).
Until next time,