Writing Can Be Murder

August 28, 2007

Virtually Annoying

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 8:32 am

I post/regularly read a few message boards and I swear that every board has their resident Annoying Person. I’m actually of the opinion that no group is complete without their Annoying Person.

 The Annoying Person is the one who has to chime into a post to tell everyone that they’re wrong. It seems to be the Annoying Person’s mission in life to prove how superior she/he is.

 I once belonged to a screenwriting critique group. We’d sit around in a circle and read someone’s script aloud. Then we’d go around the circle and critique the piece. I would cringe every time that group’s Annoying Person opened his mouth (except when he would critique my stuff, then I just heard “blah blah blah”). The man lived to put people down and while he may have thought he couched his nastiness in an “intelligent critique” I knew better.

The Annoying People out there pretend to be “helpful” but in reality they can be quite discouraging and destructive.

So the next time someone critiques you, corrects you or attempts to “help” you, consider the source!



  1. Without the Annoying Person we wouldn’t have any of those rip roaring flame wars that are so much fun. I’m bad because I like to take on the Annoying Person and turn them into the Annoyed Person.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 28, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  2. Good for you!

    If I tell you who bothers me on a certain board, will you take them on for me? Only kidding! 😉

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — August 28, 2007 @ 10:42 am

  3. Oh, I hear you sister!

    Comment by Candace Salima — August 28, 2007 @ 2:30 pm

  4. will you take them on for me?

    Let me at em! LOL. One of my guilty pleasures in life is eviscerating insensitive clods in writing. I do my best work on official complaint letters, but I’ve been known to hold my own in on-line flaming when necessary. [Sounds of knuckles cracking and a evil laugh]

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 29, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  5. Candace — Nice to know I’m not alone

    Jennifer — okay, now I’m just plain scared

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — August 29, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

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