There are many challenges to being an author; intrinsic and extrinsic alike. When looking up advice for writers, you inevitably will find articles and quotes from famous writers telling you to quit. They say if you can avoid it, do something else. If you can talk yourself out of it, then be anything but a writer because being a writer will ruin your relationships, your time and your view of yourself. But if writing is the itch that you can’t scratch, if you have to tell your story then you get some very different advice from published authors.
One of the first things they will say to you is to go live some life. That may seem counterintuitive. But if you have nothing to write about or if you fundamentally don’t understand people, you are most likely going to be a turning out terrible stories. Author Neil Gaiman gives the advice to “go and live, travel, see new things, get your heart broken…” The second piece of advice that is given over and over again is to write. Neil Gaiman has this to say “that all writers secretly hope that the elves will come in the middle of the night and finish all the stories that they have started. But that just won’t happen.” Other authors will suggest just writing for 10 minutes a day. Some will say to set a day aside in the week to be writing consistently. But you need to be getting words out. Author Ira Glass said that the best thing that you can do it is to keep writing. He stated that all new writers would need to keep writing because even though they have amazing taste when they are just starting out, what they are putting out is not that good. And that to overcome that gap you will need to keep rolling out a significant volume of work so that eventually what you are writing starts to match up with your excellent taste. These are just a few of the challenges to being a writer. We have not yet even looked at the challenges of being published. Make sure to check out our next blog to go into what will go into turning that amazing novel into a printed piece.