What is the most common misconception about writers other creative individuals have?
It’s that each and every one of them found their calling early in life, simply knowing they were talented enough to pursue their interests.
The truth, on the other hand, couldn’t be further from this widespread belief.
Although some writers indeed testify they have felt a strong attraction to creating stories from an early age, most authors admit to having struggled with insecurities and doubts before making a decision to start writing and sharing their creations with the world.
Discovering your writing talent doesn’t have to come as a clear signal from the sky. Here’s how to come to the conclusion whether writing is the calling you should dedicate yourself to.
You love to read and never find it boring
There’s no good writer who doesn’t like to immerse themselves in other people’s work from time to time. Whether your love for the written word dates to early childhood or you’ve just discovered it later in life, if you enjoy reading and it’s your favorite pastime, it’s a factor you shouldn’t take for granted.
Although on its own it’s hardly conclusive enough, when coupled with a few other aspects on this list, the love for reading can be a pretty clear sign you should dedicate yourself to creating stories, essays, or other written materials, depending on your interests and personal drive.
People compliment you on your communication skills
Taken from the experience of the UK bestessays.com writer and editor Christian Nevill, other people can sometimes provide great support to your future writing career without even realizing it.
If you’ve gotten used to compliments such as “you always know just the right thing to say”, “you have a word to perfectly describe everything” or “whenever I can’t think of a term, I come to ask you first”, what people are actually saying is that, from all the other individuals they know, you stand out as the one with the broadest vocabulary.
Ticked this box as well? You’re off to a great start.
When you think about writing, you’re not in it for the fame
You’ve never tough about writing for a living, so you think that must be the sign it’s the lack of talent that holds you back?
This is another common misconception about writers: to be one, you don’t have to do it for money of fame. You can write to inspire and help others without ever making it a career.
If you find yourself fantasizing about writing while just enjoying the process of creation, rather than imagining that people will know your name and ask your autographs, you’re likely to be the right person to become an inspirational author someday in the future.
Other authors’ good work inspires you
Has it happened to you to start reading and lose yourself entirely?
If you can’t put an (e-)book down easily and can’t wait to keep reading it again, you’re a passionate reader. If what’s written often inspires you to think about giving some topics and ideas a personal twist, you’re a writer in the making.
There is nothing new under the sun, except for our unique experiences and thoughts on the notions and topics that interested humankind for centuries. If you feel the desire to tell, explain, share knowledge in words, let go of all insecurities and fears and give in to the inspiration whenever it strikes.
You’re working on your writing skills for “no reason”
Are you often looking for interesting synonyms on Thesaurus or running your texts through the Hemingway app to see how they score?
Do you hide your writing from others, afraid of how they’d receive it, yet always work on something new, aiming to improve your skills just for the fun of it? You are quite probably someone who should consider sharing your gift with the world.
If you’ve ever ordered a text from a paper writing service just to check how your own writing compares, we’re positive: you are a hardworking, dedicated individual with a burning passion for writing and should definitely pursue it.
You like to check, tweak, and revise your writing
Every writer knows that, once completed, every written piece needs to be checked and revised several times before the result is worth sharing. Not everyone is fond of this part of work, but there’s no way around it: a finished piece is just the first draft waiting to be polished to perfection.
If you are someone who doesn’t mind or even enjoys the process of editing your words to bring them to the point where they feel just right, there is some good news in store for you. With some practice and patience, you can become a proud author whose works are adored by their loyal audience.