Writers on Writing

What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever received?

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As writers, we know how rare it is for our friends and relatives to really “get” what we do and why we do it. We know they love us and want to support us, but sometimes they make thoughtless comments that make us want to wring their necks. I recently asked my online writer’s group what was the worst “advice” they have received from well-meaning friends and family members. Here are some of the responses I received:

  • That’s a nice hobby you’ve got. Thank God, you have a paying job.
  • Just write while she’s asleep. (In response to a new mom who is trying to figure out how to balance writing and motherhood.)
  • At least it gives you something to do and to think about.
  • Do you really want to be a writer, or do you just like the idea of being a writer? (In response to one writer’s complaints about writer’s block.)

What’s the worst writing advice you have received from a well-meaning loved one? Please share in the comments below.

~Amanda L. Webster

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