So, you wanna be a writer? This post is five reasons why you shouldn’t even attempt it.
Have you ever told someone you want to write, or that you’re writing a book and they’ve looked at you with that blank stare? Or, probably even worse, they just laugh at you and say “why on earth would you want to do that?” Or, “you can’t do that you didn’t do very well at school.” Or, “that’s a stupid idea, you have to have an innate ability to write.”
It kind of sucks, doesn’t it?
Well, here’s five reasons why they’re right.
Not really, I’m not that kind of person.
Here’s five reasons why you should tell them to go f**k themselves and write anyway 🙂
This post, if you hadn’t already noticed, will have some swearing in it. Sorry, not sorry 🙂
One – Don’t bother writing if you haven’t got an innate talent for it.
What a load of b*ll*$cks.
Whilst it’s true that some people have an innate ability when it comes to writing, anyone can learn to write.
Writing is a craft. And like all crafts, you need to learn and master the basics. Then you move on to the more complicated stuff. You have to put the legwork in. If you do, then you WILL be able to write.
That’s not to say you won’t make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, even six-figure authors.
Make mistakes, acknowledge those mistakes, learn from them and move on.
Two – Everyone wants to write a book
Yeah, maybe not everyone wants to write a book but sure, a fair few people do harbour the ambition.
But here’s the thing, there’s a big difference between TALKING about writing a book and ACTUALLY writing it.
And, so what if everyone does want to write a book? That doesn’t stop you writing your book, does it? Your experience of life is different from everybody else, therefore your book is going to be different because it’s written by YOU.
Only YOU can write YOUR book.
What everyone else thinks or does should have no bearing on what you do. If you want to write a book, write a f**king book!
Three – No one will want to read what you write
Like, does this point even need a response.
People will want to read what you write. You just have to find YOUR people. The people who will love your work.
Finding an audience can be hard, but that audience IS out there. You just need to find them!
Someone out there WILL appreciate what you write.
Four – Your grammar sucks
Whilst grammar is important, it’s not the be-all and end-all of writing.
I have read many stories where the grammar has been perfect but this doesn’t necessarily translate into a good story.
In my opinion, the story is the most important thing, NOT grammar.
That’s not to say you should ignore good grammar. Try and brush up on your grammar skills, take a course, try and teach yourself about grammar.
But, if all else fails, there are editors out there!
DO NOT let your fear of grammar stop you from writing.
Five – There are too many people writing books and publishers aren’t interested anymore.
Whilst it may be true that it’s hard to get noticed, let alone published, by a traditional publisher, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t write.
Better to try and fail than never try at all.
Besides, it kind of depends on your reasons for writing. Not everyone who writes wants to get published.
And if you do, that’s cool too. Try and get it trad published if you want. It’s a long hard road, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it, does it?
Also, consider Indie publishing.
There’s still a stigma to Indie publishing but it’s not as bad as it once was. There are some seriously good Indie published writers out there (Mark Dawson, I’m looking at you!). And these writers can make some serious money. Not that money has to be your motivation but it is good to know that it is possible to make a living from your work.
The thing is, Traditionally published or Indie published, is still published and both are hard work, whichever way you look at it.
So, that’s the end of my TED talk. Don’t let what other people say put you off writing. Yes, it’s hard, yes, it can be frustrating but is it worth it?
What crappy things have been said to you about writing? What puts you off putting pen to paper?