Miranda Rights for Writers

Hi Writers,

I guess you all know by now how much entertainment I get from our writing forum.

Anyway, we were having a discussion yesterday about how being a writer affects our close personal relationships. This was contributed by Cindy Adams (aka “Gookblink”) and I’m posting here with her permission. Enjoy.


Warning: what you say can and will be used.

1. You have the
right to remain silent and refuse to answer questions. Do you
understand that I will make stuff up, with or without your input?

2. Anything you do say may be used in my next project.  Do you understand
that my opinion of you will affect how others perceive you?

3. You
have the right to consult an attorney…now or in the future.  Do you
understand that if you seek legal action you will be, in effect,
admitting you are guilty of the actions and/or behavior of said

4. If you cannot afford an attorney, tough. Do you understand I’m counting on it?

5. If you decide to answer questions, or otherwise continue our
relationship, you will still have the right to stop answering at any
time. Do you understand I will still make stuff up?

6. Knowing and understanding your rights as I have explained them to you, are you still willing to be my friend?

Keep Writing,

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7 thoughts on “Miranda Rights for Writers

  1. sprittibee

    Cindy is so funny. She’s much nicer than the tone in that essay. 😉 I would trust her with the juicy details of my life – but I would certainly ask that she changed my name to protect my identity. LOL

  2. Susan Johnston

    Kudos, Cindy, on a fabulous humor piece! I know one writer who pays her kids a commission every time she sells an article about them as compensation for being dissected in print (smart and entrepreneurial children, huh?).

  3. Chris

    Funny, but oh, so true post! When I’m out and about, my ears are listening. Reminds me of a friend of mine who put up this large cardboard ear on the wall of his cubicle. When I asked him why, it was a reminder to him that walls have ears.


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