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Writing Myths Busted

1. You're either born with it, or you're not.
Sure, some people have a natural knack with words and a killer imagination. But writing is still something everyone can learn. In fact, the best writers out there are the ones who never stop learning.

2. A perfectly wonderful book will get you published.
Sadly, not always the case. Plenty of amazing books never make their way to print. The publishing industry is no different than any other industry. There are trends readers flock to and it's a publisher's job to know and understand how they work. Does that mean you shouldn't try to polish your book if it's not what a publisher is looking for? Heck no. Someone has to be the trendsetter, and if your book captures their eyes, it might just be you.

3.Once you've published a book, your career is set. 
One book deal won't always lead to another. Good sales and another solid book will help your chances, but writing isn't a show up and cash the check kind of job.

4. Writing gets easier.
You might find outlining or structuring easier. Maybe you lock in on a specific revising technique that works great for you. But the actual writing? The meat and bones of diving into a character's mind and bringing it to life on page? Not so much. Each story comes with its own struggles, be it world-building or character development, and it's completely normal to reach the point of wanting to chuck it in the trash. The key is to not give up.

What are some writing myths you've learned along the way? 
Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. Writing gets easier! I have learned that is definitely a myth. I think this comes from the fact that sometimes books come faster, the more you have under your belt.

  2. Great post!
    Writing has, in some ways, gotten harder for me as I've gone on. It sure went a lot more quickly before I attempted to write things that were readable by other humans.

  3. I agree, it gets harder.

    I think a huge myth still out there is that publishing is all about who you know. You can't get an agent if your unknown, you can't sell a book if your unknown. Which is not true at all!

  4. I just posted about the Always use Said' myth.
    What is your take on the word "Said"? Join the conversation.

  5. I've heard a lot of garbage from the self-published section, like "all agents and in it with the publishers- they just want money." On the contrary, they are on your side, not the publisher's! Or "query letters aren't necessary to creative writing, so why write them?" ALL writing is necessary to creative writing!

  6. I'll have to go with writing gets easier as well. Parts of it does, but every book is different and has new challenges and things to learn. I'm also a non-fan of the "nevers." As in never use adverbs, never start with X. There's a time and place for everything.

  7. My favorite myth is that writers make a lot of money. Some make a lot, but it is a huge minority. I've had a few people ask me how much I've made, and they are always blown away by how little it is. (I always say I could make more working part time at McDonalds, but I wouldn't have nearly as much fun!)

  8. You have to be a heavy drinker or drug user to be a truly gritty writer. You have to have a horrible childhood or be crazy to be a writer.

    Okay, that last one may be true . . .

  9. Those who don't read, write. (Oh wait, I think I'm mixing that up with some garbage myth about teachers...)


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