12 Misconceptions About Being a Writer

Not true! Just not true!

1. IT IS ALWAYS FUN EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF EVERY DAY (sometimes it is a struggle and that’s OK)

2. All writers make money writing. (Not true! Plenty of people do it just for funsies or haven’t made money yet.)

3. All writers want to be novelists/write a book.

4. Writers secretly and purposefully add people they know into their stories and don’t tell them. (Some people do it, but most of the time we base characters off of people we know, not turn people we know into characters.)

5. Most writers actually spend all day writing. (Many of us have to write outside our day jobs!)

6. There is only one way to “do” writing right.

7. Professional writers’ advice is law.

8. Writers can only write in one genre.

9. All writers are young and get their start very early in life.

10. Writers’ jobs are easy and they don’t struggle like other working professionals do.

11. Making money as a writer is easy.

12. Writing is not something you can learn or a skill you can improve, it’s something you’re born knowing how to do. (Anyone can learn!)


Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.


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3 thoughts on “12 Misconceptions About Being a Writer

  1. These are good! I would also add: Writers who write fictional characters who are the same gender as they are, are writing fictionalized autobiography. No! That’s why we call it fiction, folks!

  2. As a songwriter and an author, I can say that other disciplines have similar sets of misconceptions about them. Why is it so easy for people to assume facts not in evidence than to presume that they really don’t know what is going on with people they don’t know? Are we all so insecure that we have to believe we know everything?

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