Monday, December 09, 2013
Ten Signs Writing Might Be the Wrong Career Path for You
By OFW editor:
Published: August 16, 2013
Writers are a twitchy sort. We’re never sure if we’re good enough, and if we do think we’re good enough, we’re usually wrong. How do we know that this journey is the right one for us? How do we know we’re not wasting our time? Well, there are a few sure signs that this writing life is not for you.
1. You believe grammar is subjective.
No, you cannot just make shit up as you go. Grammar is grammar. Rules are rules. Mess with the grammar gods and ye shall be smote…smited…smitten. See?
2. You’ve experienced writer’s block.
Because if you believe that your lack of productivity is due to some mysterious, never proven condition that is limited only to writers, then you’re an idiot and definitely not cut out for serious, professional writing. Yeah, I went there. And what? Writer’s block is all in your head. As soon as you realize it’s not real, you’ll also see that writing is work. It’s not ever going to be easy and it shouldn’t be.
3. You sneer when someone hints at being paid for writing.
Sure, you shouldn’t write for the sole purpose of earning a buck, but are you giving your work away? If you aren’t, who are you to sneer at me for wanting to earn a living from mine? If you are just giving it away…again, you’re an idiot.
4. You believe inspiration has no copyright.
If you believe that all ideas are free to use, and words are there to borrow. You’re an asshole, not a writer.
5. You have pride.
Snort. Writers can’t afford pride until much later in this game. Suck it up, honey.Never say never.
6. You only write when you “feel like it.”
Because you believe writing is not work. Yeah. You’ll go real far.
7. You don’t need editing.
Real writers need editors and value them. If you don’t, well you’re probably an egomaniac who just jumped on the “Oooh, I want to be an author” bandwagon.
8. You self-published a first, second, third…a draft of any kind.
You sir, are a fucktard, not a writer.
9. You write only what will sell.
Or rather, what you think will sell. Hey listen, even the publishers haven’t figured this shit out. You think you’re some kind of marketing genius? Think again. Besides, if you’re not writing what you’re passionate about, you’re not a writer. You’re a…hmm, I’m not sure what you are. Annoying, maybe? Wasting your time, possibly.
10. You fall asleep reading your own work.
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