Myth # 8
Anyone Can Be a Writer
This is a tough one. I absolutely believe that anyone can write a book. I also believe that having written a book you are a writer. However, when most people dream of being a writer, they don’t usually imagine themselves with a completed manuscript sitting in a box, in a drawer, behind lock and key… Most people imagine being a writer with a hard bound book that rapidly makes its way from the shelf in a bookstore, to the hands of an eager reader, up to the sales counter, where cha ching, money will change hands, and you will be paid for your writing.
So while anyone can write a book, it takes a lot of hard work to make it to the bookstore shelf. That’s where a lot of people fall short when it comes to their writing. They happily write the book, what fun afterall to bring your imagination to life. But they don’t want to make the effort to do the real work that comes after the book is written. That’s what separates writers who get paid to write, and those whose books moulder away in the drawer. My goal is to be published by a reputable publisher. I’ll keep trying whatever I need to try to make that possible.
What do you think separates people who have written a book and given up on getting published, and those who have been published or are working toward being published?