When I tell people about my occupation, I have noticed that there is a lot of myths and misconceptions about being a writer.
In this post, I will list the phrases/questions I hear the most, and try to give a valid answer.
All writers are introverts
Some writers are introverts, and some writers are extroverts. Being a writer can be a solitary occupation and writing a book can be a lonely process. However, it does not mean writers are hermits or that they do not enjoy being social or have a social life. Many writers enjoy taking their work to a café or a library and find inspiration for characters or chapters watching others or interacting with friends and family.
Therefore, to say that all writers are introverts is simply not true.
All writers suffer from mental health issues
It is a common belief that artists, writers, actors, and other creative souls are all suffering from mental health issues. It is true that some writers suffer from mental health issues. However, it is not all of them.
Studies have shown that there is a link between mental health and creativity, but the studies have never been elaborate enough to be conclusive.
Writers use real persons in their books
Myth and Truth
It is true that writers often use people they know as inspiration for characters in their books, but it is not always the case.
Another common misconception is that if a writer does not like you, they will kill you off in one of their books. This is not true either. We also kill people we like (wink). Nevertheless, all kidding aside, writers may use real people as inspiration, or they will make up a character if it fits the story.
There is no such thing as a writer’s block it is just an excuse
The definition of a writer’s block is a condition where the writer is unable to produce material for his or her book. A writer’s block is a genuine thing, and a writer can suffer from it for years.
Some will say that a writer’s block is not real, that writers use it as an excuse to procrastinate their work.
That is not true! I know successful, hardworking, and brilliant writers who have suffered from writer’s block for a period. The kind of writers who never procrastinate, because of their dedication to their work.
Writing is a lucrative business
Myth and truth
Writing CAN be a lucrative business, but not all writers a rich. The amount of time it takes to write a book and the price you get when you sell one book does not make it a lucrative business. An average writer will earn $100-$1000 on one book resulting in the pay per hour low. A book has the potential of being the next bestseller, but most of them will never make it to the list.
It is easy to sell a book
It is not easy to sell a book if you do not have a well-known name. It is hard to write a book, but it is even harder to sell a book. A writer has to regularly advertise for his or her book for it to be seen in a market where there are thousands of other books.
Once you sell your book, the money comes rolling in
This is not true. Bookselling is constant marketing and advertising. Once your hard work pays off, and you sell one book. Marketing and advertisement have to continue to sell more books.
Authors are nerds
Myth and truth
Writers are people with different personalities and different interests. You cannot say that writers are geekier than other groups of occupation. Nevertheless, I think it is safe to say we LOVE books.
Authors get to sit at home all-day
Out of all the phrases, I have heard about my occupation. This is the one I hear the most. Authors do not get to sit around at home all day. We write we read, we advertise, we update social media; we do research and so much more. If you are or want to be, a successful writer there is no time for long naps or watching television.
Writing is hard work!
You cannot say that writers are more this or less that. Writers are individuals with individual interests and personalities. Who we are, differs, just like in any other occupation.
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