Writers, you know, don’t just sit in dark basements and, between long sighs, maybe type a word or two. No, sometimes we come out of our hiding to deliver an impeccabley rendered insult. Especially if we feel another writer has wasted our time.
I was recently forwarded a compilation of the harshest Writer v. Writer insults, featuring the likes of Gertrude Stein (no stranger to criticism), William Faulkner (and yes, even his insults are a tough read), and Ernest The Bull Hemingway basically just talking trash to/about one other. And its extremly well written trash.
It seems even the classic novels written by some of today’s most revered authors were at one point hated to death by another. And if there’s some kind of encouragement there, well it’s lost on me.
Anyway, here are the Top 30 Harshest Writer-on-Writer Insults.
Most of them are old school, but that’s not to say J.K. Rowling doesn’t get hers. Enjoy. Or don’t. Either way, just don’t get on a writer’s bad side!