Today’s post will be about common myths about writing stories. Let’s begin.
Here are a few points from the first article (which is rather humorous but the language can get sketchy at times), 13 Myths About Writing by Veronica Sicoe. Read the rest of the article to find out more.
- Writing is a solitary activity
- This is not true, writers have a life outside of their job. They also communicate with other writers by blogs, social media, and writing forums. Part of the writing process includes going on ‘field trips’, to research their work or get inspiration. “As a modern writer you also make a lot of new friends in the ‘real’ world, especially if you stalk people, draw fantasy maps on the latest iPad in the coffee shop, or go to Renaissance fairs to enact your latest plot. And for sci-fi die-hards there’s always the next Comicon.”
- Real writers find writing easy
- I really like this one. Real writers do not always find writing easy. Maybe at times, they are sick of it and never want to pick up a pen again. I have felt that before. Also, “Writing doesn’t get any easier with time, it just gets faster. Meaningful writing comes from ruthless introspection and unbiased observation, and those are never easy.”
- A debut novel is a writer’s first novel
- Sicoe says that all writers have first drafts, false starts, and unfinished novels. “It’s called practice,” she said. I have many pieces of writing that I never finished and I have only written one short story (more like a novella) fully written and one I’m currently working on.
Here is an other article I found, Ten Myths about Writing by Keith Cronin (also at times sketchy language). Here are a couple points a well.
- Writers are merely channels for a creative force that is greater than themselves
- Cronin writes, it “is a lovely notion” but he doesn’t believe in this entirely. While there are some times it does happen, creativity just happens but the rest of the time its an author, who sits down and creates something out of nothing. He then writes, “But so far the muse has never written an entire book for me. If your muse has, can I borrow it sometime? I promise I’ll give it back.”
- Writers are excellent spellers, great typists, and/or have perfect penmanship.
- He says this also not true. “If you saw my grocery list, you’d become an instant non-believer in the penmanship component of this myth!” My handwriting in itself is sketchy when I write in my notebook. While I myself can read (most of the time), others can’t (I like that so one reads over my shoulder at what I’m writing). A writer doesn’t have to have good handwriting or spelling, a writer is someone who basically creates an idea and shares it.