Misconceptions About Being a Writer #amwriting #writer

1. Writing a book must be easy, I will just sit and type….

Yep you just sit and type – ha! How I wish it was this easy!

2. If I have wrote 10k words of a story then 90k must be a walk in the park! 

Ha ha!!!

I have learnt that stories have to stretch across 90k words. If it doesn’t have the stretch potential it just dies on you at 20k words.

3. In order to write I will just stop watching TV, come off Facebook, stop going out and sit in isolation.


It’s all very well having these elaborate ideas on dedication but life gets in the way of writing.

4. The minute I start publishing things online word will get round and I will be beating publishers and agents off with a muddy stick – sigh!

Sigh – still waiting and armed with my muddy stick! Its been over a year now….

5. I would never cry or get worked up over writing!

I hadn’t experienced a full on creative breakdown so clearly didn’t know what I was talking about.

6. Once the first draft is written I will just send it off!


When I revisited my first ever draft I realised that I wasnt not the literary genius that I thought I was. First drafts are yuk! Second drafts are where the writing party really gets going!

7. Other writers will scare me

Other writers are actually very nice and some don’t even bite…:-)

8. I am a plotter 

Nope I am a pantser and proud too! Writing books and stories by the seat of my blonde pants is what I do best.



Let me know about your misconceptions about writing?

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46 thoughts on “Misconceptions About Being a Writer #amwriting #writer

  1. I primarily write poetry, but as a teenager I had a misconception about poetry being automatically “better” if it rhymed and “more deep” if it had dark or morbid imagery. Suffice it to say I wrote TERRIBLE poetry as a teenager.

  2. Oh, how I can identify with every last one of these my blonde friend! It explains why we are IBFF! ❤ You've got a knack for saying exactly what we are all thinking but with style!

  3. Great post! My big misconception when I was learning – like you mention here – was that to write all one had to do was sit down and type. And I did. Which was great fun and worked fine, as long as I didn’t want anybody else (including me) to read what emerged. Later I learned what writing actually involved… (sigh)…

  4. Love this! I had so many of the same ideas and I was so, so… sooo wrong.
    I also thought I was a plotter and I’m definitely a panther! (Love that name btw, never heard it before!)

  5. I started writing in December 2003 and believed I would be published round about the end of March 2004. Amazingly! Although I eventually ended up self-publishing a couple of novels a few years later, the whole thing seems like a long slog. Keep on writing, people only get published if they continue in despite of the obstacles and let downs.

  6. I spent a long career writing legal things like briefs and motions and memos. Piece of cake. Guess what? That style doesn’t make compelling reading in fiction. But I wrote away anyway and ended up at over 100 thousand words and thought I’d written a pretty darn good story. Ha! That’s now on the back burner and I’m writing something completely different, hoping I’ll learn enough to fix the original monstrosity. Who said this would be easy???

  7. After 23 years of writing, I’ve shed most of my misconceptions. Having said that, until recently, I’d stubbornly hung on to the idea that self-published novels were rubbish and badly edited, but Hugh Howey has just put an end to that misconception with his “Wool Trilogy”. Thank you, Hugh Howey. I’m addicted to your writing.

  8. Piece of cake, piece of pie, right? I thought I was awesome when I finished my nanowrimo in 25 days I had even skipped a week. Then I feel asleep when I went back to read it… Lol

  9. Oh, I can relate to all of those. For about a week after publishing my first book, I figured it would sell without any effort on my part. I was startled that I needed to promote it. Pretty clueless.

  10. Editing is easy, revisions are a walk in the park, and killing your darlings? What for?! Every word you say is golden! Uh NOT SO MUCH! Chapter 18 anyone 😛 Writing is indeed a grand adventure, but with all adventures there are trials and obstacles. My misconception was not realizing the weight of these obstacles in advance. Also not realizing how much I utterly HATE writing synopsis.

  11. I thought I magic was literally flowing from my fingers. It wasn’t until thirty or so rejections that I thought, huh, maybe there’s more to it? That first novel will NEVER see the light of day. Thank God, I didn’t self-publish it.

  12. Some of those misconceptions ring true and some don’t for me. But those that do, ring so loud that I must be standing next to the church bell. They’re terribly hard to overcome and some I fight with daily. I feel your pain.

  13. Stop watching TV? Nuh-uh, not happening. 😉
    #4 I’m still waiting with a muddy stick to combat a non-existent crowd of cannibal readers dieing to eat me and my stories up. Yeah, it’s gonna be a long wait. No cannibal readers are biting. I should just throw the stick away.

  14. Okay, I’m 937 years old and have been writing for too long to have any misconceptions left. (Misconception #1) But when I taught fiction writing, periodically I’d have students who didn’t want to circulate their work because they were convinced someone else would steal it. As if. It’s hard enough for most writers to publish their own work. Why would we go through all of that for someone else’s?

  15. I remember feeling very dismayed when I realised there was such a think as a second draft! I couldn’t believe I actually had to write the whole thing again. Aah, the days of innocence…

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