No matter where you are in your writing profession, there always seem to be some questions and myths from those we meet in our daily lives, along with plenty of terrible advice. Certainly, the stranger doesn’t mean any harm. But in many cases, they don’t know what it takes to make it as a writer.
Setting out on the writing journey, you will find your path with stumbling blocks. But most of them are imaginary. Ignorance and inexperience are real difficulties for everyone starting anew. And you must overcome them with education and persistence.
Out of the imaginary, many arise from personal anxiety. Others are cultural myths and misconceptions, often promulgated by writers themselves.
Now let’s explore the most common myths about creative writing that may hold you back or leave you in confusion. Just quitting these false beliefs will liberate your creativity in ways you may not have realized could be possible and make you flourish in your creative writing job.
Let’s dive in!
Creative Writing Is Easy
You have heard this statement that writing is as easy as pie from many people who are not a part of this profession. Several people do not even acknowledge writing as a job and career. Sadly, many parents and families are a part of this group too.
Numerous lessons, inspiration, objectives, and knowledge are needed to become a good creative writer. It’s not like everyone can publish Harry Potter. The writing itself has several stages and genres, such as character development, plot build-up, climax, and end. Progressive ideas, concepts, and passion is needed with a sea of knowledge and data.
Due to the development of modern businesses and agencies, creative writers are needed everywhere. Many companies, such as advertising and marketing agencies, have whole writing departments. They offer a large number of creative writing jobs to people. Industries and enterprises hire many people because of their captivating writing style.
To put it simply, cultivating ideas and describing them in words to deliver original content is not easy. The public usually unsees the real hardships that are going on behind the process because a good writer makes it look easy.
You Don’t Need A Degree For Making A Career In Writing
Going to school to learn, write, and write better to expand your brain is vital to a writer’s growth. Not all novelists have a degree, but they have habits that exhibit college studies parameters. However, if you want to get better at creative writing, you will need to study the skill with good teachers.
If you want to advance your art (voice, ideas, and execution), you must expand your knowledge base. We are not very good at criticizing ourselves with the necessary details to fix our flaws. Higher education is the best bet to do all of it effectively.
Reading A Lot Is Necessary To Become A Good Writer
Some people believe that reading alone can become a good creative writer. We don’t think that is at all true. You can read all day long every day, but never comprehend why those books were chosen for publication over others will lead you nowhere. Good writing is far more than the mechanism.
If reading a lot is important, you should read in many different genres to maximize your learning. You should also read with a critical stance, analyzing what you need from the author’s perspective to understand the inner mechanics making up a story.
Women Mostly Write Romance And Men Do Not
This is not true at all. Both men and women can write in every genre. Generally, society itself has assigned the feminine to romance. This is not the case in the modern era as we have mentioned ‘Harry Potter’ in our previous points. The writer of this masterpiece is a woman – J.K. Rowling. Similarly, the great romantic novel ‘A Walk to Remember’ is written by Nicholas Sparks, undoubtedly a man.
A man can write a steamy romance, and a woman can publish a novel on mystery and action. Creative writing has nothing to do with gender but passion and inspiration.
Writing Has No Future
This is not true. Writing has no future, but the future lies in AI technology and digitalization. The future can go anywhere, and without good stories and scripts, there will be no movies, series, social media, and video games.
If a business is making a profit, then the one reason behind its success is good content on its website and social media pages that make it reachable to the targeted audience. A story can turn images, unrelated sounds, and anything else into a coherent and explosive cocktail.
That’s why writing will grow and evolve but isn’t going to die anytime soon!
Writing For The Market Is The Only Way To Be Successful
Writing for the market is only a personal choice. One can be a freelance creative writer or apply for a job to write web copies for a business.
Writing for the market can offer you some advantages regarding potential interest for your book. But this is so only if you write fast, at least three of four books a year.
A certain genre is trendy now doesn’t mean it will still be trendy one year or more. Readers can change their preferences quite unexpectedly. Another important aspect to consider is whether or not you enjoy writing in a genre. Because, in general, if you lack authentic passion while writing in a particular genre, it will show from a mile away in your book.
In A Nutshell
Remember that all the above advice and myth busted is meant as a suggestion in creative writing. What worked wonders for you could be anathema for someone else. As a writer, you have both the right and the duty to find your path.