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5 Myths About Writing Debunked

by Kellyn Roth |
August 26, 2019

There are a lot of myths about writing out there. It’s important for us to be aware of them … and to move on. So let’s debunk those myths!

Sidenote: a lot of these are myths for a good reason! Writing has changed over the years. Back in ye olden days, it was quite a bit different to be in the writing business.

And some of them are frankly just silly things that I found amusing. (There weren’t 5 whole really annoying writing myths, but y’know. Close enough.)

5 Myths about Writing Debunked

1: Authors can’t make enough money from the sale of books to not starve.

Though it is true that a lot of authors aren’t making tons of money, that’s not because writing isn’t a good job. No, you can make a success as an author – and it is a viable career option! It just takes passion and perseverance.

So don’t give up! With the right tools and the right methods, you can turn writing in a self-supporting venture and pay the bills.

2: Writing is an art form, and you can’t make yourself write when you’re feeling uninspired.

Actually, you can.

Though I agree that there is a definite art aspect of writing, there are some times when you will need to write even when you don’t feel like it.

3: All writers are dreamy artist types who write poetry and stare off into the distance and are awkward.

No. We’re not.

I’m an ISTP, which is not a particularly dreamy type. I’m in the moment. Yes, I seem to zone out a lot, but really, I’m right there. I’m usually able to think and listen and do something at the same time. (I do this at work all the time.)

And I am a little awkward, but usually I’m not your average bumbling Disney princess. Physically, I have good control of my body and present a fairly confident exterior. (Inside, I’m all sweaty palms, but you know.)

4: All writers are introverts.

I know a number of extroverted writers! Not as many, but a number. And they’re all thriving, they’re awesome, and I loves them to death!

And furthermore, being introvert doesn’t mean you’re …

  • shy
  • awkward
  • a people hater
  • easily tired
  • a party hater
  • a social outcast
  • a moody teen
  • creative
  • depressed
  • anxious
  • artistic
  • different
  • strange
  • melodramatic

Some introverts are these things, but it really just refers to what gives us more energy – spending time with people (extrovert) or spending time alone (introvert).

And that was my mini rant of the day. ?

5: Writing is primarily a talent thing.

Though some people seem to be born better at writing (say than math *shudders at the very thought of basic arithmetic*), it’s not something you’re just naturally amazing at. Writers have to practice and practice … and work hard on improving the craft …

It’s not easy, it’s not a natural talent, and anyone can learn to write better. Even people with a lot of natural writing talent have to put lots of hard work into it.

TTFN!

~Kellyn Roth~

p.s.

What do you think of these writing myths? Do you agree with my debunking? What are some writing myths you’ve heard?

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7 Responses

  1. The rant in myth #4 was spot-on! I think the word ‘introvert’ has become an umbrella for all of those less-than-desirable traits, when it means something much more simple. I was just trying to convince someone of that. 😀

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  2. Great job, Kell!! You should totally turn your mini rant into its own blog post! ? I’m an INFJ, so most of the friends I know in person have a hard time believing I’m an introvert…but believe me, I still need my alone time. ?

    1. Oh, yeah, I guess I could! 😀 I think most people would believe I’m an introvert, though I was chatting with a guy the other day and he was like, “But you seem so happy!” And I was like, “… Well, yes. I am happy …”

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