7 Freelance Writing Pet Peeves

Pet peeves can make you angry, if you let them

7 Freelance Writing Pet Peeves

Melina Druga
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Pet peeves: Particular and continual annoyances.

We all have them, those little things that bother us.  They are especially common in the workplace.

“And while you might think these are tiny details in the bigger picture (at least you have a steady job and livable wage),” The Muse says, “it’s ultimately better for your health (and sanity) for you to confront these small irritations and do your best to mitigate them.”

Common Workplace Pet Peeves

Instead of dealing with pet peeves, people often swallow their frustration, which causes anger and stress.

Some of the most common workplace annoyances include:

Pet peeves can make you angry, if you let them
Pet peeves can make you angry, if you let them
  • Coworkers who send emails when a face-to-face conversations would be easier
  • Passive aggressiveness
  • Lunches that stink up the office
  • Dirty breakrooms or bathrooms
  • Obnoxious phone conversations
  • Office gossip
  • Loud talkers
  • Gum chewers
  • The “reply all” button

Like I said, we all have workplace pet peeves. The following are mine.


1. Clients scared away by contracts

Everything is going great. You and a future client are on the same page. The project is exciting. You have the experience and skills necessary to carry it out. You understand the goals and objectives. But then it’s time to get down to business. You send the potential client a contract, and that’s the end of the story

2. Clients who don’t think they have to pay for revisions

You talk to your client about the project. You both agree. The contract is signed, and you begin work. Sometimes you’ve even finished the project. Then the client changes the scope of work and doesn’t expect to have to pay for it.

3. People who think writing is easy

This always comes from those outside the field – well-meaning friends and family, aspiring writers and even potential clients. Good, effective, quality writing is not easy and, in the case of fiction, takes years to perfect.

4. People who think publishing a book is quick and easy

Traditional publishing is a long, drawn out process that can take months if not years.

5. Clients who won’t follow professional advice

Imagine you take your time to precisely craft a client’s webpage or to polish a page the client has written, only to find that when the page goes live, it has been altered. That scenario is fine if you’re writing for a periodical where it’s assumed edits will be made before publication, but not acceptable if it’s a private company that specifically hired you for your expertise. The situation becomes even worse when the changes the client made are grammatically incorrect, confusing or wordy. It puts your reputation as a writer and editor at stake.

6.  People who assume writing is a hobby because it’s theirs

There are many people who write as a hobby or as a means of self expression. For this reason, it is difficult for some to accept others make a living writing. And, of course, let us not forget those who think writing isn’t a “real” job.

7. Ignoring emails and voicemails

This is pandemic across the globe in all industries.   Some people simply refuse to answer messages, and if this person is your client, it makes your life that much more difficult.

Do you have any pet peeves in your profession?

Updated: 26 June 2018

Most kids have an active imagination. My imagination has stayed strong into adulthood, and I’ve funneled that creativity into a successful writing career. I write history, both fiction and nonfiction, because although your school history classes may have been boring, the past is not. My goal is to bring the past to life in all its myriad of colors.

5 thoughts on “7 Freelance Writing Pet Peeves

  1. I don’t have any specific experience with this myself as yet, but I am sure that many who do freelance work – not just in writing, but in other areas, can agree with disliking numbers 1, 2, 5, and 7. Plus, I think that number 5 would bother anyone, whether freelance or in a traditional job, if they had taken the time to put together the work and then had someone change it afterward and their changes had mistakes in them. It truly would reflect poorly on the original creator – not just the person who changed it.

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