‘I Can Write A Book In A Weekend,’ And Five Other Annoying Things Beginners Say
Since every literate person can write, most people think they can be writers. Interestingly enough, we all can speak quite well, but few of us would deem ourselves speakers. However, this prevalent belief encourages beginners to say the oddest things that make professional writers want to cringe (or preferably strangle them with a thin wire). If you find yourself saying the following, please stop:
1. I can write a book in a weekend.
Im certain you can mutilate a couple hundred pages with words; however, that doesnt mean that anyone will want to read them. Yes, I know there are prolific writers who can write a book in two weeks (Voltaire supposedly wrote Candide in three days). Usually they are professionals who have mastered a style and understand the craft of writing. Have you?
2. I can write those trashy books and make tons of money.
Bwahaha! I love this one.
Many new writers see a 200-page romance or mystery and scoff. These things are so easy, they tell themselves. I can write this in a day. I doubt it, but maybe you can. If you do, will anyone...