The painful truths that lie ahead of you should be unveiled before you sit down to write. This isn’t meant to be scary; it’s just a fact that every new writer goes through. The more you prepare yourself for them now, the less they will sting when they happen to you. The article that follows will explain seven of the most common pitfalls of becoming a writer. Prepare for their harsh reality, and you can bust through them as they hit home.
There is a reason that a lot more people talk about writing books than actually publish them. WRITING BOOKS IS HARD! It is a long, lonely process with a lot of self actualization along the way. A lot of people think that you just sit down, type out your story, self publish and it sells. If only it were that simple! The truth about writing a book is the text you see when reading a book is likely to be one of hundreds of revisions. Making your idea come to life is a lot of work that takes skills, natural talent, and a lot of determination.
So you wrote a book, now what? Luckily there are a lot of self publishing options available to writer’s today, but what do you know about publishing? Not only do you have to take the time to craft your book, but you also need a cover, formatting, editing, marketing, and many more things to get your book into the hands of readers. This is why publishers have succeeded all these years is due them having staff to be able to handle. If writing is something you want to pursue full time, you will have to treat it as a full time job and consider hiring people to handle some of your duties.
If you are going to be a full time writer, like mentioned in #2, you have to treat it like a job. You have to wake up and put in the time every day as if you were going into an office. If you just “write when it comes to you” you will be wasting a lot of time. Use every day to learn and grow your craft. Spend a set amount of time networking with people online and in person. Make connections and make the most out of your days. It is only those who treat their writing as a job that see the fruits of their labor.
Your writing is like a muscle. The more you work it out, the different ways that you challenge it, the better and stronger it will become. If you are constantly working on increasing your vernacular and looking at things from a different perspective, it will help big time when you do have a paying gig. Feel free to check out the writing prompts on this site if you need inspiration.
Everyone would like to think that they are great, but the truth is it takes practice to get perfect. Your first draft, second, third, and so on drafts will probably be not very good. Even if you think that they are good, write every day and come back to them in a year or two and see if you still think they are good. Writing is an evolution of thought that is transcribed on paper, so keep evolving!
You will submit your book to awards, make hundreds of unanswered social media posts before getting your first yes. Writing is a hard game. You will learn hard truths about yourself and doubt will become very real. It is in those moments though that you will do some of your best work or quit. Both options are ok, but if you quit, did you really want it?
As a writer, you will ask everyone for reviews. Some feedback will be good, others will make you remember being bullied in school. Everyone deals with feedback differently, but remember, that feedback whether good or bad is why you publish things. You want it to be seen, you want to be heard, so don’t hide from feedback, embrace it no matter what it is.