I was going to say I hate this part most about being a writer. But I don’t hate it. In fact, some days I enjoy it.
Sometimes, the uncertainty of being a writer bothers me.
Don’t get me wrong, the uncertainty is part of what makes being a writer fun. But every so often it’s scary not to know. To face the unknown.
In any given year, you could make $100. In another year, you might make $100,000. Also, you never know whether people are going to react positively to your work. Or negatively. And this weekend you may write ten sentences. You may write two hundred.You cannot know how many words you’re going to write today. Or tomorrow. What about twenty days from now? You don’t know. Until you actually write, of course.
Nothing in this industry is certain. Nothing (success, failure, you name it) is forever.
Writing is unlike other jobs where you at least have some sense of security, a sense of certainty.
As a writer you wake up every day not knowing anything.
You’re unsure. Your life is uncertain. The industry is unstable.
Yet you continue to throw yourself out there every single day, hoping for the best.
What is my dilemma with borrowing books? I feel guilty when I borrow books instead of buying them.
Maybe it’s because I am a writer and I feel inclined to support the industry somehow. Indeed, I purchase books when I can. Also, when I actually get a job in the (hopefully) not too distant future, I will buy books more often. Until then, I’m relying on my parents to fund my reading obsession.
It makes me feel better to know that I would be broke and living on the streets if I bought every book I’ve ever read in my life.
Contrary to what I’ve witnessed, this industry is not for quitters.
You must work to succeed in the writing world. More importantly, you need to love the work. The more you love writing, the more you will write. The more you love writing, the less likely you are to give up. Understood?
If there is one thing you can learn from reading my blog, I hope it is this:
Finish what you start.
End what you begin.
Conclude what you commence.
Remember the worst thing you write is still better than the best thing you didn’t write. Which really means you do not have an excuse to be a quitter.
Today I don’t have to wake up early for school. Thanks to the OSSLT. Technically then I can sleep in. In fact, most of my friends are probably snoozing and dozing as I type this post. However, as a writer, I feel it’s in my blood to be up and at it early in the morning. Why? I hope this post will enlighten you so that you’ll understand the complexity of being a writer.
Writing when everybody is asleep is the sweetest feeling in the world.
OK maybe not the sweetest. I stand corrected. But many of my friends and family members enjoy sleeping late. It’s too noisy at night to write. Rather, it can get too quiet in the morning. But as long as I can hear myself think, I can write.
Writers dream. And sometimes writers write about dreams.
Hence…writers get out of bed at odd hours to record what they’ve experienced in the middle of the night.
Writing is a bigger priority than sleeping.
Devoted writers choose writing over sleeping. Extremely devoted writers choose reading over sleeping.
Writers are constantly thinking about writing.
How can one possibly sleep then?
If a writer slept more than he wrote, he would never make it in this industry.
It’s competitive. There’s competition. You need to be at your best or you’ll risk someone else taking your spot.
Are you enlightened after reading this post? The next time you sleep in, appreciate the fact that you can. You can bet that the writers of this world are awake and formulating a plan to conquer the entire universe. In their next novel of course. Did you really think I was serious?
Take writing seriously and respect the business. Only then will you succeed.
You have to be ruthless and aggressive (in the best way possible). You need to go after your goals, your ambitions, your dreams despite what anyone else says or thinks.
For some reason, I always seem to cross paths with downright arrogant people. Instead of taking this as a negative experience, I’ve turned it into a positive. Rather than focusing on any or many negative aspects of someone I meet, I focus on what I can learn (good or bad) from these individuals. In particular, cocky and conceited individuals. What can I say? My life is my research. A writer’s job is to keep on learning, observing, and evolving.
Disclaimer: No harm is intended. This is merely for entertainment. The post below is based on an arrogant, condescending individual who is a self-proclaimed narcissist himself. The views expressed on aspiringwriter22 by Herminia Chow are solely those of the author. Thank you for understanding.
Back to business. Oh, the many things writers can learn from arrogant people.
- Be able and willing to pull off a perfect trademark smirk anytime, anywhere. So when anyone scoffs at your profession, you can offer them a smirk in return while in your head, you plan on how to exact cruel revenge without ramifications.
- Be thick-skinned. Insults must roll right off you or else you’ll be in tears every single time a rejection letter arrives in the mail.
- Be a jerk. It takes a certain type of person with a certain amount of ego to be able to succeed in the writing business.
- Be confident in themselves. Believe in your dreams, in your work, and ultimately in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Cliche? Yes. True? Yes.
- Have big dreams and crazy but realistic goals. Nothing is impossible. Nothing can’t be achieved. Set goals, follow your dreams, and go after what you want.
- Make things happen however small they may be. Little publications add up. Little achievements build your credibility. Eventually, you’ll have enough experience and enough knowledge to run the world. Well, in any case the writing world.
- Don’t give a damn about what others say or think. Focus all that attention to your work instead. You’ll be a much happier writer if you stopped worrying about everyone else and started worrying about yourself.
- Brush rejection off. Think of it as their loss they rejected you. Just move on.
- Build an empire and a loyal following. Or at least try to.
- Use social media to broadcast and promote themselves. You need to get your name out there. Just don’t come off sounding condescending while you do it.
To quote an egotistical, vain young man I’ve had the pleasure of meeting:
“I hate it when people call me condescending. Like honestly, is it my fault you’re inferior to me?”
Maybe, because you are condescending? Perhaps I am wrong by default.
I figured it would make sense to do a follow-up post on the advantages of being a writer since yesterday I did the opposite:
Disadvantages Of Being A Writer
Are you ready to see the light at the end of the tunnel? The wonderful feeling of joy that writing can bring is great and all but there are other perks that come with pursuing this craft.
- You can work where ever, whenever, and however the heck you feel like it. You’re a morning person? Great. You’re a night owl? Awesome. It doesn’t matter what time of day you are at your best, you decide when you write so why not choose your peak hours? Not many other jobs offer this kind of flexibility so take advantage of that. You could work at home, on the beach, in a coffee shop…really the possibilities are endless. How you write is entirely up to you too. You can outline. You can choose not to outline. You can write the ending first. You could even write the last sentence first. Best of all, these decisions are made by no one else other than you.
- Writers develop strange habits that only other writers know about. Hehehehehe. Hahahahaha. Don’t ask. If you are a writer, you already know what I mean.
- When working, you can literally wear nothing and that’s okay. Could you do that if you were working at a law firm? I didn’t think so.
- There’s a slight possibility you will leave a legacy behind even after you pass away. Remember that famous quote from Benjamin Franklin that went something like if you don’t want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead, write something worth reading or do something worth writing? So what are you waiting for? Pick up the pen and write something worthy of leaving a legacy behind. Few other professions have such a power.
- Imagine reaching, connecting, and talking to people across the world. It is possible. Influencing people nowadays is much easier with the advance of technology and communication means. See, even the world is on the writer’s side.
- What could be better than expressing yourself without being subjected to judgment? A creative outlet for self-expression and creativity is therapeutic. And if you choose to, you don’t have to show your writing to anybody. Avoiding painful torment is always a plus.
Are these perks enough to keep you going? To keep you from quitting or possibly giving up on writing? It does get better. The more you do it. Remember it gets worse before it gets better. And if you give up when everything seems to go wrong you’ll miss out on the day things actually come together perfectly.