7 mistakes to avoid in your quest to become a writer

As writers, we sometimes feel like members of an exclusive club. We can’t wait for others to ask us about what we do for a living. We wait, in baited breath, to nonchalantly talk about ecstasies and erroneous ways of being a writer. We want people to believe it isn’t a big deal. However, we secretly hope that they do.

At times, we get lost in our delusions of self-grandeur as a writer to the point that our writing abilities take a backseat. We stop trying to fine-tune our skills, and better ourselves in the process.

Writing is a bewildered beast. It gives us instincts. Some constructive and others – not so much. While it is impossible to tame any of them, we can always try to stop ourselves from spiraling out of control. And so, here are 7 things that you should ignore in your quest to become a writer.

1) Writing isn’t about becoming a best-selling author or an Internet sensation. That’s like Bruce Wayne wearing the bat suit just to get invited to costume parties.

2 Writing isn’t therapy. It is the couch. It is water and oxygen. Not a roll of tissues to dab on moist cheeks. Or a bowl of ice cream to drown your sorrows in.

3) Writing isn’t a strategy to seduce part-time lovers. Overcompensate for lack of charm. Get into their pants. That’s what fake childhood abuse stories are for.

4) Writing isn’t a celebration of exclusivity. Not a status symbol that glorifies social alienation either. When writers die, there will be no candlelight vigils held just because they were, by default, tormented artists who tried to change the world.

5) Writing isn’t magic. Good grammar cannot turn humble perceptions into transcendental opinions. A writer, with a flair for language, is, as much a philosopher as a really tall dude who thinks he is always right because people have to literally look up to him during a conversation.

6) Writing isn’t journalism. Then again, apples aren’t oranges.

7) Writing isn’t a science. There are no definitive formulas for success. None for failures either. Find your lady luck and a good publishing agent.

(Images: Pixabay)

47 thoughts on “7 mistakes to avoid in your quest to become a writer

Add yours

  1. “That’s like Bruce Wayne wearing the bat suit just to get invited to costume parties.” LOL
    This was a good piece.
    So true.


  2. I agree, writing is not glorification of social isolation. It is the other way around. Some people write BECAUSE they are socially isolated. I find it interesting that a lot of “outsiders” are writers, artists and musicians.

    Awesome post, btw.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Absolutely comrade, alienation is hardly a cause for celebration, it is what is. dirty, beautiful, vulgar, and sometimes, honesty!

      like camus’ protagonist says in The Outsider, “I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t”

      I guess artists are sure 🙂


  3. You were on a roll. That being said, I like compliments and they do keep me going. Shallow as a puddle in a drought I am. Still, a wonderful post as they often are. And whatever you do, don’t let that go to your head!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I like them too. I stand accused. More than a few. Even writing these felt like therapy, which is sort of disturbing.

      Thank you for the kind words again, I ll keep my head on the mud, next to my toes, comrade!


    1. Thanks buddy. Well I have no credibility to shit-talk either, just my personal perspective on what constitutes good writing 🙂 i found cohello to be generic in his philosophies and sort of bland with his language. But then again, I am someone who thinks Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes is a wildly entertaining film and that Chuck Palanhiuk is a wordsmith. Art is funnier than it is subjective perhaps!

      Liked by 2 people

So, what's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

Righting stuff

Unloading BS on branding, marketing & writing


Better an Oops than a What if...

The Godly Chic Diaries


Namma Chennai Ponnu

Hey stars! Come lets travel through words

Coffee Break

Read at leisure

Women's Web: For Women Who Do

Website & Community for Indian Women

The Critilizers

Where we Critically Analyse what we live for

Taste of the wild, wise soul💛

✨Cultivate awareness into your intentions✨

Implied Spaces

Between Realities


For cathartext


Trail of Thoughts

The Knowledge Log

Life is a broadway musical and everyday is a song. These are mine manifested as poetry.

Unamused Musings

Book reviews and musings about literature

Quaint Revival

quirks, quips & photo clicks

Find Your Middle Ground

Life is a series of highs and lows. Be grateful in the highs. Be graceful in the lows. Find contentment in your Middle Ground

Megha's World

A potpourri of emotions

%d bloggers like this: