10 Crazy Things People Say to Writers


What crazy things do people say when they learn you are a writer?

  1. Oh, I have a story that you could write. Sit down and I’ll tell you about it.
  2. Oh, are they real books or just books for kids?
  3. Um, that’s nice. Is the spelling hard?
  4. I wrote a poem, and I think it would make a good picture book, but I can’t find a good illustrator.
  5. I don’t like to read.
  6. To the writer of a picture book: The art really makes this story come alive.
  7. I only go to the bookstore for the coffee.
  8. Why don’t you write something like Harry Potter? (Um, yeah. Start at the top of my profession, why don’t I?)
  9. Are you rich?
  10. How much did you have to pay to get the books printed?

Going CRAZY about all the CRAZY things said to writers.

  • Lynne
    December 11, 2012

    Haha! Darcy, I just made a video about this exact thing on Thanksgiving, and it includes the Harry Potter question! That was a serious suggestion from husband’s co-worker.
    Awesome list!

  • Kristin wolden Nitz
    December 11, 2012

    Other crazy things?

    Why don’t you just write an Oprah book?

  • Deone
    December 11, 2012

    “Are you finished with that book you were working on last month (or year)?”

  • Darcy Pattison
    December 11, 2012

    Funny video.
    It’s such a common experience, these strange comments.

  • Darcy Pattison
    December 11, 2012

    Hey, thanks for asking. 3rd revision just finished. Almost ready to send out.

  • Chihuahua Zero
    December 11, 2012

    Yeah, I second the whole “are you still working on that book” question. It’s in a complicated place right now.

  • Beth MacKinney
    December 11, 2012

    I’ll add this one, since I’m a professional artist:

    “I have this picture book idea, and I was wondering if you could illustrate it for me.”

    What’s also funny is that I started the writing critique group I’m in with someone who didn’t like to read, but I didn’t know about her reading aversion until later. I was shocked, mostly because I find it almost impossible to understand how anyone would not like reading.

  • Beth MacKinney
    December 11, 2012

    Here’s another one:

    I think I’ll start writing with something easy, like a picture book.

  • Pam
    December 12, 2012

    Thanks for making me chuckle today, Darcy!