Top 5 Things That Drives (most) Writers Insane

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When you think of a writer, you probably picture a frazzled woman sitting in a coffee shop typing away at her computer or a reclusive man who glares at everyone on the rare occasions he steps out of his house.

Obviously these are extreme stereotypes. There are plenty of writers who are sociable, extroverted characters. We are people too, with a plethora of personalities. So while I try not to generalize every group, I do find that there are certain interests and likes that many of us have in common.

With that said, there is also a few things that collectively most of us find obnoxious if not just absolutely detestable

1: When people ask if you’d make them a character in your story

The reason we find this annoying isn’t necessarily because we hate you nor because we think it makes you sound like a narcissist (although it kinda does) but because our story plots have to match the characters and our characters have to work with the plot. If we have to make a character based off everyone we knew/were friends with, we’d have an entire book filled with useless characters (no offense to you).

2: When people compare you to J. K. Rowling

This is true especially for authors in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Now sometimes it’s flattering, but most times we writers aren’t trying to be the next J. K. Rowling. We’re happy letting her do her and us do us. Also, quick note: Rowling is not the only successful author out there. Just saying.

3: When you forget to save and the power goes out

Having to rewrite the same chapter over again is always frustrating. And it seldom is as good the next time you write it. Even more irritating and after you rewrite the entire thing plus more, you find out it actually did save and that you just wasted three hours of your life for no reason.

4: When you tell people you’re a writer and they say they’re also writers, but then you find out they only write fan-fiction

I don’t mean to be rude. If that’s what you like to do then go for it. But I’m just not sure if you’re an actual “writer” if you’re stealing other people’s ideas and turning them into your own. It’s even worse when these people insist you read their work and give them a review.

5: Getting a super cool idea for a dialogue or a plot twist, not writing down, and forgetting it completely

You remember the idea was good and you remember that it would have helped advance your plot. You recall where you were when you came up with it, you recall what you had for lunch that day and that one movie you watched one time at your cousin’s house when you were six but you have no clue what the really, really cool idea was. You tell yourself that next time you get an idea like that you will write it down… and then you don’t. And then it happens all over again.

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