Are You Ruining Your Writing Career Before It Starts? Myths And Mistakes To Avoid

I'm going to let you in on a secret: becoming a writer is hard. It's not something that happens overnight, or even over the course of a year or two. It takes time, patience and persistence. You need to write every day for years before you can make any money from your work (if at all).


But many aspiring writers don't realize this—and they make mistakes that can ruin their careers before they've even started!


If you want to be successful as an author, it's important that you avoid these common myths and misconceptions about how publishing works:

Quitting your job too early

So you’ve quit your job and are ready to embark on the path to becoming a professional writer.


But what if it doesn’t work out? Then what?


The thing about being a freelance writer is that it takes time and effort to find good clients and make sure they pay their bills on time, which means that early in your career, you will likely be focused on finding clients instead of writing for them. This can cause problems if you don't have an income coming in while trying to get started as an aspiring author.


While it might seem like there would be no harm in quitting right away so that you can focus solely on getting started as a freelance writer, this is not always the best idea because:


You may not have enough money saved up yet to last through the first few months or years, (which is why we recommend saving at least 6 months worth of basic expenses before making such big changes).

Believing that your ideas aren't good enough

One of the most common myths that I've heard among writers is that their ideas aren't good enough. They believe they have to wait until they have a fully-formed, perfect idea before they start writing.


This is completely false. You don't need to wait until you have a great idea before you write—you can start now and enhance your writing over time with practice and feedback from others! Just remember: It's okay for an idea to change as you work on it; in fact, it's expected!


If this was easy for everyone, we'd all be published authors by now—but we're not because we get stuck at the starting line.


One mistake people make when starting out is thinking their ideas aren't good enough or getting discouraged when things don't go according to plan during the process of creating something new (ehem...like a novel).


But here's the thing: There are no rules about what makes a story worth telling other than whether or not someone else enjoys reading it themselves. That said however--it doesn't hurt doing some research into what kind of content sells well before deciding on which topic(s) might be right for you based off both personal preference as well as market demand trends so try checking out websites like Wattpad which allow users submit short stories/novels free while allowing reviewers rate each piece based on quality rather than commercial viability since these sites seem focused towards helping writers improve rather than finding success right away through marketing efforts alone!

Thinking that you need a degree

You don't need a degree to be a writer.


Many of the most successful writers in history never went to college, such as Ernest Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. If they had quit school earlier than they did and devoted all their time to writing instead of working at dead-end jobs, it's entirely possible that they would have been even more successful than they were.


Furthermore, many successful writers never even went to high school! I'm thinking here specifically about Stephen King and JK Rowling (who are both examples of people who did attend college but not for writing).


This is why you shouldn't let anyone tell you that if you don't go through the traditional education system then there's no hope for your writing career—because it simply isn't true anymore.


If anything, having an MFA will likely harm more than help your chances of becoming a professional writer because these programs are notorious for becoming filled with "imposter syndrome" students who think they're geniuses but actually aren't very good at what they do yet (or ever will be) 🤷

Writing when you're not inspired

One of the most common myths about writing is that you need to be inspired in order to write.


This is simply not true. Inspiration will come, but it's not something you can force. It takes time and practice for your writing voice to develop and find its own unique sound—so don't worry if you don't feel inspired right away!


Instead, focus on setting aside time each day or week when you can dedicate yourself to your craft. Find something that works for you: whether it's a regular schedule, or writing whenever an idea strikes (which may be more frequent than once per day).

Expecting to make a lot of money right away

You need to be willing to work hard. This may sound obvious, but the most successful writers are those that write every day, even when they don’t feel like it. They know that if they stop writing for even a short period of time, they will lose their edge and become stale as a writer.


You should also be willing to take risks and try new things as often as possible. The more risks you take in your writing career, the greater chance there is that you will succeed at something big – something so big that it changes your life forever!

Waiting for an opportunity to fall in your lap

Waiting for an opportunity to fall in your lap is a mistake many writers make. If you've ever read the stories of writers who suddenly win the lottery or have their manuscript randomly chosen from thousands, then you know what I mean. In truth, most successful writers work hard to get where they are and can tell you about years of rejection and disappointment before they finally got what they wanted.


The myth of waiting for someone else's help is dangerous because it stops people from taking action. It keeps them waiting around to see if something will happen while they sit on their hands doing nothing at all. This is especially true when it comes to jobs: many writers think that if they're patient enough, some employer will come along offering them money and employment—but this rarely happens!


Other times, authors think that if only they could get published by one specific publisher with a big name then everything would fall into place... but again: just like other types of work opportunities (and life itself), this doesn't always happen either!

Not building a network and community

You can't build a career as a writer if you're not part of the writing community. You need to be able to talk about the craft, share your work and get feedback, and find opportunities for growth.


Your network will also help other writers who are on their way into publishing or looking for new agents. Who knows? Maybe one day it'll be you mentoring someone else!


The best way to start building your network is through online communities where people like yourself gather together to discuss writing topics or share their work with each other in an open forum.


The most popular community is probably Reddit (/r/writing), but there are also others like Wattpad (/wand) or Medium (/medium). They all have their pros and cons so it really depends on what kind of support system you're looking for in order to make them work best for your needs when considering which one might work best.

Becoming a writer is a long and arduous process

Becoming a writer is a long and arduous process. It’s not something you can just do overnight, or even in one year. Becoming a writer takes time, patience and persistence.


The first step to becoming a writer is simply deciding that you want to be one. After that, it’s all about finding your niche and honing your skills until they are sharp enough for publication. You need patience because this can take years before seeing any real progress (or failure).


It's also important to understand why someone would want to become a professional writer in today's market: because it requires lots of hard work, dedication and self-discipline!


Writing is more than just putting words together on paper; it requires focus as well as concentration over long periods of time without distraction from other people or things around us like television shows or movies which might distract us while we're trying--and failing--to write our next great novel/poem/essay etc.

Conclusion

If you want to make a career out of writing, you need to approach it with patience and persistence. Don't quit your job too early, or expect to be making a lot of money right away. Build your network and community so that when opportunities do come up, there will be people ready for them. Writing is hard work, but if you're willing to put in the time and effort necessary then we think you'll have a great time doing it!

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