Friday, August 7, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions from Interviewers (Part 19 of 22)

What are two things about writing you wish non-writers would understand?

We're like everyone else, except that we have different talents. Strive to be the best you can. I don't think like anyone else and I don't write like anyone else.

For example, I might use the word tiny and someone else might prefer small or minute. The important thing is to choose the one that sounds like me.

Second, there are no shortcuts to becoming a real writer. You might hire or barter for lessons, but you still have to embrace those ideas and learn to write them yourself. (Or hire someone to ghostwrite for you, which isn't uncommon.)

Too many seem to think that because they have an idea and can write 50,000 words on the topic, it's a book worthy of publication. I see this entitlement mentality frequently these days and I feel sorry for those individuals. They have many, many painful lessons to learn.

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