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never say this to a writerPeople in every professions have that one pet peeve that drives them up a wall. Like when a customer says to the customer service representative, “May I speak to your manager?” Or, when a person dining at an upscale steakhouse asks the server for ketchup for their filet mignon. Now, I am not here to say you should not ask for those things, especially if the situation calls for it (though a good steak should never need any type of sauce), but certain things might be better said with caution.

I bring this up because I noticed something that hit pretty close to home in the trending list on Twitter the other day- #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. Our team members pride ourselves on being good writers.  We write content for a variety of different clients for use across many different platforms.  And we are certainly not above the occasional critique or recommended edit.  So we definitely understand what these writers must be feeling.  If you have a moment, humor yourself by checking it out. And feel free to add some of your thoughts on the comments.   Here’s what our team had to offer:


  • “Can I see/approve your article before you publish?”


  • “You use too many adjectives and exclamation points.”
  • Your story is boring.
  • “I know you don’t usually cover this, but…”




  • “This was a great read, but we've decided to rework the direction.”

Here is a sample of what people were tweeting:

Shelby Ray
Shelby Ray
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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