If writing is your hobby, this tip doesn’t apply to you. If writing is your dream career, listen up.
The dream to become a novelist or screenwriter is romantic. It draws hordes of teens and adults who chase it only because it promises fame, prestige, and money. And besides, writing can’t be that hard; if you can read a book, you can write one… right?
Wrong. Writing takes patience, practice, and passion… LOTS of it.
Successful writers don’t write because they’re supposed to, they write because they need to. Whether they’re a successful novelist, poet, or screenwriter, they have talent because their mind won’t let them stop working. Yes, they may encounter bouts of “writer’s block,” but it’s rare, and when they have it, it drives them crazy.
Creative writers have analytic minds. They don’t just read for fun. They dissect the words, structure, and characters to see how they work. When they watch movies, they try to figure out why the writers made the choices they did. Creative writers carry a notebook with them at all times because they’re terrified they’ll hear an interesting anecdote and forget about it later.
They don’t write for fame. They don’t write for money. They write because they don’t have a choice.
If this is you, then chase your dream to the end. If you find that writing is a constant struggle, you might want to consider a different career.
This may be hard to hear, but this is the kind of advice that scares away the wannabes and strengthens those who stand a chance.
Are my views too extreme? Are there other work habits that separate hobbyists from professionals? I’d love to hear your thoughts!