Myths & Truths About Writing

Because sometimes, it’s good to remember…

Myth #1

Writing is easy for professional writers. Writing is easy for everyone but me.


Writing is an agonizing process.

“Writing anything is terribly hard but, alas for me, because I am addicted, a heck of a lot of fun. I often am sorry I ever started writing prose, because it is so hard. But I can’t stop.” – Judy Collins

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” – Thomas Mann


Myth #2

Writers know what they’re going to say before they begin writing. Writers get it right the first time.


Writing is a process of discovery. You write to find out what you’re thinking by writing.

“You know when you think about writing a book, you think it is overwhelming. But actually, you break it down into tiny little tasks any moron could do. – Annie Dillard

“One thing that is always with the writer–no matter how long he has written or how good he is–is the continuing process of learning how to write.” – Flannery O’Connor


Myth #3

You have to be born with the talent to write.


Writing is a skill that can be learned.

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking about, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.” – Joan Didion

“Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what one is saying.” – John Updike


Myth #4

Other people, especially writers, don’t make the mistakes I make.


No pain, no gain. Writing is a series of mistakes and corrections.

“Mistakes are the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack of being wrong, we could never get anything useful done.” – C.S. Lewis

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” – James Joyce