Writing – the hardest game in town

Ever wondered what is the hardest occupation you can take on? Brick layer, Lumberjack or Roustabout maybe? None of these. 

While the aforementioned occupations are physically dangerous, writing leaves all others in its wake. To be a writer you need a hide thicker than a rhinoceros, mixed with a grim determination to carry on despite everything. Very few of us actually make a living out of it. Most of us sit in the doldrums, fortunate indeed if just a handful of inquisitive readers wish to sample our work.

There is no magic formulae for success in the writing game, unless of course, you are a so-called celebrity. Then the public will lap up anything with your name on it, no matter how vacuous you may be, which says it all about the public’s current taste. Sadly these days well written works of fiction sit on the shelves, be they the physical or electronic kind, largely unread.

The only way things will change is when the reading public grow tired of celebrities, and want to read something worthwhile. It makes little difference what genre you write in. If you are largely unknown, given the current mania for ‘shallow’, you will remain so.

If you have an uncontrollable urge to write, do so. Just don’t delude yourself into thinking that taking up writing will bring you fame and fortune – it won’t unless you are the next Dan Brown or J.K Rowling in waiting. What it will do however, is to boost your own sense of self worth. It will give you an enormous amount of satisfaction, especially when you see the product of all your hard work finally in print.

Want my advice – go for it…

9 thoughts on “Writing – the hardest game in town

  1. A college senior who writes full time now(he published his debut novel last year) said, "I have had to ask my parents for money to survive at times. It gets very bad. I don't have expensive cars, phones or gadgets. I don't have fancy stuff but I won't exchange this life for anything in the world." πŸ™‚

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  2. All too true, Jack. But you see, we all secretly (very secretly!) believe that we are the next JK Rowling or Dan Brown, although of course much better writers! I also believe, more importantly, that if we keep pushing on, we'll get there in the end. Always aim high!

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  3. While being a writer has its financial downside Jack, the rewarding part about it for me is that I can put words together that would never venture from my mouth. A great freedom.But, it would be nice to give up the day job though one day. I'll dream on! πŸ™‚

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