5 Best Jokes About Writers

Well, not exactly five. Maybe not even one. Think of this more as a plea for help. I’m suffering from writer’s-joke block.

I am a lawyer by day and a writer by night. As for my day job, I have heard — as no doubt you have heard — dozens and dozens of jokes about members of my beloved profession. For example:

  • What’s black and brown and looks great on a lawyer? A doberman.
  • What’s the difference between a jellyfish and a lawyer? One’s a spineless, poisonous blob. The other is a form of sea life
  • Why won’t sharks attack lawyers? Professional courtesy.

And so on and so on. Yearning for more lawyer jokes? Enter here.

But what about writer jokes? I’m drawing a blank.

Now I have heard jokes about other players in the written world. For example, publishers. How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb? Three. One to screw it in and two the hold the author down. Or: what’s the difference between amazon.com and terrorists? You can negotiate with terrorists.

And then, of course, there are the agent jokes. Plenty of agent jokes. Here’s one: Why did New Jersey get all the toxic waste dumps while California got all the agents? New Jersey had first pick.

Even screenwriters have their own jokes, although they tend to be somewhat sad, such as this one told to me by a veteran of that Hollywood craft: Why did the dumb blonde sleep with screenwriters? She was hoping to get ahead in the film business.

But writers. What about us? Hello? Are we chopped liver?

The handful of writer jokes I’ve heard over the years are, to be charitable, pretty lame:

How many mystery writers does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one to give it a surprising twist at the end.


There are, thankfully,  some funny writer cartoons, including this one I came across on writer MJ Fifield’s My Pet Blog:

needed muse[1]I can relate!

And, to be fair, there are funny quotes from writers about writing. Stephen King warns, “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” And Samuel Johnson once responded to an aspiring writer whose manuscript he had just read: “Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.” Ouch.

But, alas, fellow writers and readers: we need some good jokes about writers. Heard any lately? Help me out here. Please.


  • T. A. Niles
    December 20, 2014

    Just finished Face Value (audio book borrowed from Hoopla.com), and if I had a clue, I’d get the story to someone who makes movies. Full of rich characters, simple but captivating plot line, and satisfying resolution. Listen to the entire book in one day. The characters and dialogue did it for me. No long lists and endless scene descriptions. Really good stuff!
    The above is irrelevant to the blog post, which I also found entertaining, but the audio book (extremely well performed, by the way) prompted my search of the author, and I better write this now or it may never be written.

  • Oleg V.Kharchenko
    February 4, 2018

    The road to writers` hell is paved with impeccability demands and details.

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