The most popular software for writing fiction isn’t Word. It’s Excel.

I wrote that in 2011 and it got a bunch of attention. Then every few years someone with a lot of followers would discover it and retweet it and it would get a bunch more attention.

I’ve seen it quoted a bunch, sometimes attributed to “anonymous” but usually tweeted without attribution or rewritten as “More fiction is written in Excel than Word.” I see those because people often tag me in the thread. One guy tweeted it 6 years later and got 8,000 retweets and 25,000 likes.

It’s a good thing I don’t tweet for a living.

I’ve seen it in startup pitch decks. One investor has used it in three posts on his fund’s blog and he always shares it with, “Someone once quipped…” Every single time. And he knows me.

That tweet will be on my tombstone unless I come up with something better.

Wish me luck!