3 Things You Don’t Have To Do To Be A Writer
I had no idea I was a writer until I had a chance to write something for a little money. It was an article on Christian marriage for $20, and I was thrilled about it.
I wrote, and from then on was a writer.
I know many people who want to be writers, but they don’t because they don’t realize that to be a writer, one just has to write. They have all kinds of hang-ups and false assumptions about what it takes to write. Here are three of them. Let’s set them up and knock them down:
- I need a college degree to be a writer.
You most definitely do not need a college degree to be a writer, not even a college degree in writing. You must be able to write, and to be able to write, you just probably need to have gone through the first, maybe second grade. If you feel undereducated about this, join the club. But what matters is that you write well, and there are a million ways to learn to do that. The best way? Reading great books and copying from them. After that, just write, get feedback, and write some more.
- I have to please everyone with my writing.
You most definitely do not, nor should you. I heard a podcast the other day where a creator said he only put negative reviews for his work on one of his websites. He partly did this to be funny, but also, if everyone likes what you’re doing, then you are not doing anything.
This harmonizes with a post I saw on FB the other day quoting Aristotle: “There is only one way to avoid criticism—do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
Or there’s Paul: “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Well said, Paul.
- I don’t want to smoke a pipe and wear elbow patches (or do drugs, or be a moody alcoholic).
By this I mean, you may think of a certain stereotype and it’s hard to see yourself in that stereotype. But there is no stereotype for a writer. You just have to write. So go and write.