When you hear something often enough, you begin to believe it. That you aren’t good enough to be a writer. That there’s no way you can break into traditional publishing.
It’s all part of the writer’s world myth.
As writers, we wish you would stop believing. . .
That you should write to your audience. That drives me crazy. I write my books for me. I choose to share some of my writing with the world. This is my creation. I will craft my books exactly the way I want them. My author life has never been about gaining popularity or money. –Leanna Mae
That the first draft is the finished product. Whenever I say I am done with a book I get, “Can I read it?” Nope. Not for about another 6 months, after I basically rewrite the entire thing. –Adam Colden
That you must do an outline to have a well structured manuscript. –Tabatha Bell
That if you publish something you must therefore immediately be rich/famous. –Lindsey Richardson
The myth I hear from a lot of people who don’t write: “oh, you are writer? I want to write a book too. The story is all in my head already.” Awesome. That’s like what– 1% of writing a book? –A. K. Amherst
That it must be SO FUN to be a writer. There are moments of euphoria, true. But those moments are super rare. Most of the time there is a frustration and insecurity bordering on mind-numbing. Yeah, that’s so FUN. –Catherine Adel West
That it’s a hobby. — J. L. Young
I wish people would stop believing that you have to have a large audience to be a successful writer! Write what you want to read. There will always be an audience for it, no matter how big or small. Write what brings you joy. –Liz Weir
That you should be constantly inspired, and happy, and passionate when crafting . Sometimes it’s a grind, or frustrating; it’s hard work and can take all my energy just to get going . I wouldn’t want to do anything else, and I feel fulfilled, but holy cow do I get frustrated. –T. A. Norman
That if you sit down to write you can be expected to get X word count out. Sometimes you can get lots, but some scenes take a lot of time for little progress. –Brayden Bechtold
What are some writing myths you wish people would stop believing?