5 Misconceptions About Being an Author

1. It’s easy

There is more to writing a book than sitting down in pj’s and creating a wild story. Books require research, even fictional ones, planning, and plotting. Writing the book is a very small piece of being an author. Then once the book is published, whether you are traditionally or independently published, marketing is something you will have to do mostly yourself. Once the book is out there the author will need to come up with a marketing plan and sell it. Selling the book is arguably more difficult than writing it, especially if you are new. While marketing the previous book(s) you wrote you had better get going on your next project. The more books that are out there, the more likely you are to sell them.

2. It’s not a real job

To those that assert this I ask the question, “Can you define what a real job is?” Does one have to work for a company for it to be a real job? Does one have to create a company for it to become a real job? This assertion is less offensive to me than it is silly and ambiguous.

3. It’s a fast way to make cash

No, one must have a specific calling to be an author because there is very little money in it. It takes A LOT of time and resources to produce a book, and it is rare to see much of a profit in return. There are a handful of famous authors, and some people assume that it is an easy way to make money. Obviously, not everyone is that naive, but since becoming an author myself I’ve been surprised by how many I’ve met who believe this.

4. Writer’s block is a common problem

Sure, creativity comes in varying degrees. Sometimes it’s easy to write a couple thousand words in a day, and other times all I can manage is a few hundred. Nevertheless, writing needs to happen. It isn’t about quantity it is about quality, and if that means a writer can only manage one hundred words in a day then so be it. No one who calls himself an author will not write simply due to writer’s block. Writing is our job and calling, meaning we must do it whether we are feeling it or not.

5. There is a “right” way to write a book

Anyone who has researched how to write a novel will come up with varying viewpoints on the subject. There are common threads such as outline the novel, write whatever comes to you while not worrying about quality, then revise and rewrite until it is perfected. I don’t favor that approach. My first draft is far from flawless, but I do take care to write as best as I can in that moment. Instead of rewriting entire manuscripts, I go through each one and revise and reword within the same document. The backspace key is my best friend as an author.

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