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 …
- a people hater
- easily tired
- a party hater
- a social outcast
- a moody teen
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.
What do you think of these writing myths? Do you agree with my debunking? What are some writing myths you’ve heard?