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Five Ways to Annoy a Writer

July 10th, 2013 by

Five ways to annoy a writerDo you ever work with a writer who bothers you with his or her elegantly formatted posts, great ideas, perfect grammar and attention to detail? Good writers can be such a bother! Luckily, it is possible to get under a writer’s skin. In fact, you may be able to convince this writer to quit working for you—if you follow these five simple tips, you will learn “how to annoy a writer.”

  • Fail to Give Proper Instructions – When you put together a project or content request for your writer, make the instructions as generic as possible. If you can, fail to let him or her know how long you want the post, what format you need and whether you prefer first, second or third person for your project.
  • Offer Unreasonable Deadlines – Do you need a 5000 word white paper? Attaching a 12-hour deadline is a great way to annoy your writer. If you want the best possible level of annoyance, put that request through at four in the morning.
  • Nitpick – This does not mean asking for reasonable changes—any writer worth his or her salt will want to do everything possible to make your content perfect. Nitpicking involves going overboard—ideally in as many revisions as possible. For the first round of revisions, consider asking him or her to drop all pronouns; in the second, maybe you could ask it to be changed from second to third person; in the third revision, why not request the writer attempt to write with no commas. You get the idea!
  • Ask for Revisions Weeks or Months Later – Remember that article that you had a writer create last Christmas? Around July, contact your writer and ask him to rework that last paragraph. This is very annoying since the writer has likely forgotten all about your project and will need to do further research. Plus, he or she may be busy with other projects by this time.
  • Take Your Time Making Payment – Another great way to become particularly annoying to your writer is by taking your time making payment. This is very effective when working with full-time freelancers, since they do not have a steady source of income and count on being paid in a timely fashion.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can annoy your content creation specialist. If you employ enough of these tactics, you may wind up on the market looking at writers for hire. Unfortunately, the best writers are hard to find, so perhaps you will realize that annoying your writer is never a good idea. Work with him or her and remember that you are a team. If you do this, you will be able to put together the best website, or other project, possible.

Tracy S is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.

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