I just read an interesting article “7 Lies About Becoming A Writer (that you probably believe)” by Joe Bunting.
He addresses 7 common myths about becoming a writer that we too often believe we need to follow in order to be successful or about how big that success will be. I have no delusions about how tough the journey is to becoming a recognised and published writer, and maintaining that success. However, this article drives the point home. Publishing my first novel isn’t about a get-rich-quick scheme, or a step to living a life of luxury. To me it is about personal accomplishment and pride. I have always dreamt of being an author, and I will achieve it!
I would also add another common belief to his list of 7 lies. Creativity and talent. (Yes I know, technically that is two additions)! Whilst having some creativity and a talent for writing helps, I don’t believe it is essential. If you have what you think is a solid idea, then start writing! There are so many sites out there that can help you plot and plan your idea. Or you can always hire someone to aid in fleshing out your idea and making it work. I have never thought of myself as a creative person, yet here I am making a career (or attempting to) out of writing. It is not about talent, creativity or inspiration. It is simply about a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment.
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King