Good morning. Happy Wednesday! Kacey here, fighting sleep and a writing hangover. There could be worse problems, I know. LOL I have been plagued by the devil of writing, a story that I thought I was done with but unhappy with the end. After days of working through different passages and such, and a wonderful author critiques, I finally figured it out. Which led me down a path I never take, but the end result I believe will be worth it.
And in all this, I was thinking about writing myths. Especially the one that says “writing is easy”. Yeah, I beg to differ, writers. It is not easy. I’ve been in this business a long time, most know that I started as a reviewer at Amazon and a Romance site, and finally picked up my own pen about four years after that. I did take a four year hiatus, most also know this because of the my father’s death, and while I don’t regret it, I wonder what my career would look like if I hadn’t taken the time off. I was on an upswing with sales and gaining traction within the business. But I digress a bit. Having been in the business a long time, I’ve seen authors come and go, the struggles of some and the successes of others. And I’ve heard the writing myths out of the mouths’ of new authors and the ideas many authors have about this business. The loudest and biggest myths are these:
I touched base on it – that writing is easy.
Whoever told you this is a liar and deserves a “Gibbs smack” upside the back of the head. Writing takes blood, sweat and tears. Every sentence can be similar to pulling teeth. And we have dentists out there for that, writers shouldn’t be doing it. Or pulling out their hair. That too would be a huge no-no. I heard wigs are itchy…? But never give up! Some stories are easier to write than others, but overall, writing is not easy.
Instant hit, then hit after hit after hit.
Nah, not true. There are a rare few that have overnight success, I’d love their marketing teams and the fan fiction writers’ who make money off of other authors’ works (but that’s a whole ‘nother topic there). I’d say about 90% of the successes out there came after years of writing, diligently setting schedules for themselves, scraping their soul to make something, anything happen with their stories. Let’s face it, rejection happens and sure, we can look at JK Rowling. She received a lot of no’s to get a yes, and while Harry Potter did become a huge hit, she is one of the rare few that’s had it. And I love her madly. But not all writers are blessed to have the instant hit and a gazillion ones to follow. Put the work in, keep writing. There’s no science to this business to make you an automatic hit. You never know when that one story will take off. It isn’t always instantaneous. Keep writing! That’s your success!
Grammar and Editing don’t matter.
And I have a castle in my backyard that’s for sale. Only authors who don’t give a rat’s ass about their work wave away editing/editors/grammar rules. It infuriates me when I hear authors / see them post on social media that they didn’t hire an editor. I don’t know any of these author’s personally, all my author pals are smart as whips and know better. Editors / editing is so, so important. I mean, come on, it’s common sense. And if your words suck because the editing is so bad, you won’t gather much of a following. Write. Edit. Repeat. Write. Edit. Repeat. Words to live by.
Writers are hermits
I kinda live in the corner of my living room at my desk, with my Supernatural and other Funko characters and a many cups full of pens that I’ll probably never use in my whole lifetime. I can call myself a hermit/introvert and such but others may not call themselves that. But then again, I’m not big on leaving my house unless it’s absolutely necessary so therein lays the belief that I am indeed a hermit. However!!! Most writers when they do get out of their house, they party like rockstars, love to laugh and have a great time. Conventions are a perfect example. While many writers would prefer to stay in their own worlds and some are hermits, we really aren’t. We love to get out and meet with friends … albeit other writers!! LOL Not all of us are hermits, we are simply selective in when we go out, and if the reason is more important than writing. *g*
Writers are bored housewives.
This one always makes me laugh. Though times have changed and the romance genre especially is hotter than ever, some people’s misconception about this is hilarious. Just a second, really, I’ll get some writer friends on the phone. Hello? Oh yes, here’s Author A – successful prosecuting lawyer in New York who writes some of the best thriller novels I’ve ever read. And Author B – a medical examiner who’s thrillers/mysteries are addicting. Oh, the librarian! Yes Author C, who runs the local library and is continually getting young children into her establishment to read. Author D – forensic anthropologist whose books … *gasp*… were made into a TV show and survived 12 seasons. (I didn’t reveal author names because of anonymity of what their careers are/were.) Writers are also teachers, marketing directors, nurses, headhunters for big corporations, hell you name it, there’s probably a professional person out there writing as well.
Never sell yourself short!! But no matter what you hear about writing, it’s your work, your brand and business. Run it with a tight fist and protect it. You’ll make your way on your own and in your own way. Don’t let these crazy myths derail you. And don’t let these crazy myths make you crazy. They are just that, myths. The reality of this business can be a lot more difficult but also a lot of fun. As writing should be. It’s storytellers sharing their love of fantasy, magical places, hot heroes and kick-ass heroines who make the job so much more enjoyable.
Ditch the myths and pick up the pens!
Until next week, happy writing.
Oh, and because it’s Hump Day. Let’s enjoy a couple Hump Day Hotties.