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29 Nov 09 5 Writing Myths

There are many myths attached with writing that choke the life out of newbie. These myths make it difficult for the newbie to concentrate on writing and improve this craft. Writing is not very difficult provided one continuously works on it. One needs to work hard and be persistent, if one has to polish one’s craft of writing. But, when one start believing in the writing myths, he or she seldom get time to work on their writing, which eventually erode the quality. In this post, I will be talking about 5 such myths.

Myth 1: Writing gets easy with experience

Well it gets a lot easier, but it never gets easy as in effortless. Even experienced writers have to toil to craft beautiful sentences, and bring all of them together to construct a story that people loves. Surely, it will get easier, as it becomes your nature, but it is never ever going to be easy.

Myth 2: You need perfect grammar to begin

I am not sure about the source from where this myth has originated. Is it the grammarian or is it the established writers themselves who is propagating this lie? Believe me when I say even the greatest of the writers do not have 100 percent perfect grammar, and the lesser mortals just have passing knowledge of grammar. You do not need perfect grammar.

Myth 3: You can submit writings with grammatical errors

Yes, you can but no one is going to read it. If you want people to read your work, do not commit glaring grammatical, spelling, and punctuation mistakes. You should hire a freelance editor to edit your work before you submit it to publication or send it to agents.

Myth 4: You would write, if you had time

I know. But let me tell you that you will never have so much time to start writing, if you cannot do it now. Take 30 minutes or an hour out of your daily schedule and start devoting it for writing. This is how you can take time out.

Myth 5: You need to know all before you set your pen on a piece of paper

Well, you need to know enough to write, but you do not need to know everything before you can begin writing. You are never going to know everything, no matter which genre you are going to write into.

Each of these myths will suck your life, so you should stay clear of them.

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