Writing Myths And Other Common Nonsense

Many of us have at one point or the other sought advice on the internet. Whether it was how to start writing, how to make money writing, or another writing related curiosity, most of us have come across the same advice. But, not a lot of blogs or articles out there are expounding the truth about writing. So, let’s debunk some of the common writing myths.

  1. You’ve either got it or you don’t. This myth is huge. Many people try to sit down and write something only to find that they don’t like what they’ve written. They then proceed to give up the dream of being an author. Just because your work isn’t classic-worthy or perfect the first time around does not mean you cannot find success in the world of writing. Try and try again. We’ve all heard Hemingway’s quote “The first draft of anything is shit.” And I believe this to be true, at least when compared to the final polished product. So keep writing. It takes work, and anyone who works at it can be successful.
  2. You need to write at a particular time to be the most productive. I find this common piece of advice extremely laughable. A lot of the other bloggers out there will tell you to wake up early and write before dawn or start writing at night and burn the midnight oil. Always write at the same time of day they say. If it works for you, then do it. If it just can’t happen, don’t sweat it. The important part is to write when you can. Certainly, it is very possible that a good percentage of us would benefit from writing in the morning while the day is young and quiet, but that doesn’t mean it will work for everyone, and you certainly do not need to approach writing like it is some scheduled event.
  3. It is nearly impossible to make money by self-publishing. Call me a fool for calling this a myth before I’ve even self-published my first work. Call me whatever you like, but this statement is purely fictional. Many up and coming authors are publishing brand new work and making money. No, not every one is able to turn self-publishing into a full-time job, but there is money to be made. Go see for yourself, just browse the bestseller lists on Smashwords, Amazon, or LuLu and see how many of the names you recognize. Self-publishing is a great opportunity and eBooks have never been hotter. There is definite money to be made for the foreseeable future.
  4. Before you write your first draft, you must plan the framework of your novel. This can be extremely helpful depending on the type of novel you are writing. But it is absolutely not necessary as everyone would have you believe. Famous author George R.R. Martin admitted to never precisely planning where he was going with his writing, and his work is impeccable.

Don’t get me wrong, advice is meant to be beneficial. Most articles and bloggers are trying to help. Just as I am. You need to find what works for you and run with it. The absolute best advice I can give to anyone is to write. Every day that you can, as much as you can. Consuming literature is extremely important to that as well. Read, write, read, write, repeat. And you’ll be on your way to a very rewarding writing experience.

Jack Balt

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