Being a writer

Going Against The Naysayers

Haters Gonna Hate And Writers Gonna Write

Have you ever been told that you shouldn’t be a writer?
That writing gets you nowhere.
Writers don’t make any money.
You’ll never get published.
You’re too old/young to write a book.
Oh, you’re writing a book? I want to do that too, it’s not that hard.

We’ve all been there.
Every writer has had comments like that.

When I was in high school and the teachers asked me what I wanted to do, I told them I wanted to be a writer.
‘That’s nice, but there’s no money in writing. You’re best to keep that as a hobby on the side and have a proper career.’
And because I was a confused teenager and they were adults, I believed them.

ARGH!

It was only when I reached my late twenties that I started noticing something strange. On the internet were all these people who were making money from writing.
They were making good salaries from freelance writing, publishing non-fiction books and writing fiction.
Sat in the office bored out of my tree, I flicked through social media looking at these full time writers and thought, if they can do it, why can’t I?

No matter what age you are, there will always be people who tell you that you can’t do a thing.
If someone tells you that you can’t write, ask yourself why not?

They’ll say writing is too hard.
So what? You love doing it, it’s fun and it’s worth the hard work.

They’ll say writing doesn’t bring in money.
It can do, depending on what you write and how you do business.

They’ll say you’ll never get published.
There are so many publishing options these days, depending on what you want to do. Writers have more control over their stories than ever.

They’ll say you’re too old.
What?! You’re never too old to write. Some people don’t start writing and get their publishing contract in their 70s. The older you are, the more you’ve experienced. The younger you are, the more you’re exploring. There is no correct age to be a writer.

And those annoying people who brush you off and say they want to write a book eventually?
Tell them to get on with it!

Every writer meets the naysayers, those negative people who (often unintentionally) stomp over your ideas and dreams.
Ignore them.

Repeat after me:
You can do this.
You will do this.

You love writing, so never let anyone stop you from doing the thing you love.
Make 2018 your year!

 

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