13 Habits That Make Writers Extremely Unlikable

Please don’t do these things (anymore or ever).

1. They always talk about writing but never actually do it.

2. They constantly beg other writers to read their stuff [for free].

3. They shower their followers with endless complaints about how awful it is to be a writer.

4. They only talk about themselves, even in their work.

5. Every conversation has to be about their writing life.

6. All they ever do online is promote their accomplishments.

7. They get overly defensive when others comment on and/or criticize their work.

8. They refuse to collaborate and interact with other writers and readers.

9. They’re “never wrong.”

10. They only put down and pick apart others.

11. Their way is the only way.

12. They deliberately discourage others from trying to make a living as writers.

13. They insist on being “the next J.K. Rowling.” Even when they haven’t published anything yet.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.

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18 thoughts on “13 Habits That Make Writers Extremely Unlikable

  1. You haven’t even scratched the surface………how about lousy grammar! That one makes my teeth itch!

    1. I think you can despise a person’s writing but not them personally! haha. A writer and their writing aren’t the same. ;) I know of great writers who are absolutely unbearable, personality-wise, despite their skill level.

  2. Thanks for this great post. I can think of a 14th, namely using actual (living) persons in one’s writing which is, of course an absolute know, know! I agree with your response to a comment in which you said that a writer may be unbearable, personality wise but still be a great writer. As Hamlet remarked “treat every man after his desert and who shall scape whipping”. I answer very few of us!

  3. Phew! That’s a relief I passed 0/13!!
    Actually very salutary reminder about keeping ‘real’ and in touch with the rest of the writing community.

  4. Reblogged this on heroicallybadwriter and commented:
    Here is some very wise advice folks. People being people, we can all fall into one or more these traps to one degree of another.
    Keep your perspectives

  5. How do you line up all these posts under one page? I have wanted to do it on my own blog for a while, but I don’t know how to do it and I am worried about accidentally deleting something. Is there a special trick to it or is it simple?

    1. I think you’re referring to my category pages? If you found this under the “writing tips” tab, I can’t take the credit haha. My WordPress theme automatically lays the pages out like that when I establish categories. No extra effort on my part haha.

  6. I have been writing my web novel The Red Lands for the past six months. Yes you are correct, I am Never wrong, I have been begging other Writers of the same Genre to read my work and boy have I been a b!%@h when they send their over for reviews! Don’t mention the critic, one of these days I WILL catch you! :)
    Great Read!

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