There’s a common response I get every time someone gets to know I’m a writer.
‘I wish to be a writer too. Someday.’
(This, and ‘I’m a writer too. Only I haven’t written it down anywhere. It’s all in my head.’)
Now for all of us, who are real writers, it’s offensive to be told that you expect to become a writer (or write a book) overnight. And it’s not just me, but famous authors too who get to hear this. Their response is often hilarious and causes a laugh riot amongst us.
One such incident is narrated in Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power, by Peter C. Newman.
Once at a Montreal reception, a distinguished gentleman came up to her (author Margaret Laurence) and gushed, ‘Oh, I’m so glad to meet you. I’ve read everything you’ve written. I’m a brain surgeon, and when I retire, I’m going to do novels, too!’ She looked at him with pretend enthusiasm, grabbed him by the elbow, and bellowed, ‘What a coincidence! When I retire, I’m going to be a brain surgeon.
That’s right! Writing a book is akin to becoming a brain surgeon. You just can’t do it one fine day.
Yes, self-publishing may make you an ‘author’, and you may actually have written a book, but I, for one, won’t consider you a writer. Not one that deserves my respect anyway.
If it was left to me, I’d rather be known as a writer than an author. Here’s why.
So you want to write? Well, what’s stopping you?
Wait, hold on! Do you read? If not, forget about becoming a writer. Ever.
If you do read, and if you’ve occasionally attempted to string together words but without success or not enough to want to call yourself a writer, then there’s hope.
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We’ll start with fun elementary exercises and move on to more elaborate exercises like short stories and non-fiction. And no, you don’t need prior experience.
Oh, and did I tell you this course is what you need whether you’re an expert in English language and want to become a writer, or whether you’re a writer and struggle with language.
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What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a writer? Is it the language? Or is it the routine or the demands of being a writer itself? Share your thoughts and views via the comment box below.
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