10 Reasons You May Never Become A Successful Writer
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Three main factors help a writer to scale heights and, at the same time, stay at the top – reading, writing, and consistent reading and writing.
Consistency is the determining factor of all success stories. Paragraph by paragraph, a page is made, and page by page, a book is done.
Are you struggling to write a paragraph? Well, you are not the only one.
Charles Dickens relied on what he called “magic trinkets,” which he decorated his desk with, to keep him out of his mental block.
Graham Greene was also very obsessed with numbers. To write a piece, he needed to see a specific combination of numbers or what he termed as lucky numbers by accident.
These writers had to rely on the oddest thing possible to push them to write continuously.
Here are some common reasons most potentially great writers barely publish their first book or to better place it, here are some reasons you may never become successful as a writer.
Why You May Never Become A Successful Writer
1. Waiting for the “Right Conditions” or “Perfect” Time.
First, the temptation to drop an Oscar-winning fiction on your first try can end your book on the cover page.
The Chancellor of Covenant University, David Oyedepo, once narrated how his colleague downgraded his first book when he told him the news. He had said that if he were ever going to write his book, he would make sure it was the best.
A few decades have passed since then, and David Oyedepo has published more than 50 books to his credit while his former colleague is yet to write his first.
As a matter of fact, several motivational writers refer to Oyedepo’s quotes and books in their speeches and write-ups today.
One of Charles Swindoll’s quotes reads – “The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind, jump in.”
If you keep waiting for the perfect time to write an excellent story, your story idea may never leave the confines of your thoughts.
2. Inability to Accept Criticisms
It’s no secret that most writers write for glory, besides the monetary benefits.
One of the major reasons people venture into writing is because someone praised their works and motivated them to write more. Monetary compensations apart, nothing encourages a writer like positive feedback.
However, what creates a successful writer is the ability to bounce back from negative criticisms and derogatory remarks.
If you find this impossible, you may never succeed as a writer.
In her search to be published, Joanne K. Rowling, a British author well-known for the creation of the Harry Potter Series, once received a letter that claimed, “children just aren’t interested in witches and wizards anymore.”
Your works may offend folks who have contrary views or superiority complex that your writings tend not to favor.
However, the fact that you’re getting feedback from folks like that should motivate you to keep penning down your thoughts, thereby improving your writing.
3. Lackadaisical Attitude to Learning
You may be oblivious to it, but best literary works often come from experiences, versed knowledge, and the ability to learn from your past mistakes.
If you become too proud of what you know, you won’t be part of new experiences.
Likewise, if you are adamant that you do not need to learn more beyond your current knowledge, you may find it challenging to write efficiently about a subject or idea, thereby coming across a roadblock every time you decide to hold a pen.
Become fascinated by the idea of learning new things. It increases your readership and your writing skill.
4. Writing to Make Ends Meet
So, the economy is terrible, and the hardship is felt by a majority. Money is a motivating factor, but motivations expire with time.
What lasts the test of time is true purpose.
There was a time when reporters didn’t have the internet to optimize their efficiency. They traveled several kilometers to get correspondence reports and sources for their columns.
A very few of them were able to boast of a Volkswagen beetle, but the passion was there. That was what separated them from those who changed their vocation when the going got tough.
If you continue to write to make ends meet without developing a passion for your skill, chances are you may never find the zeal to be consistent with your writing.
If you earn lesser than average, you may be discouraged never to write again.
5. Writing Because Somebody Else Is Writing
This is probably the most common reason people writers lose the capacity to be successful.
Delving into the vocation of writing because someone you know is getting successful in the business is like the guy who went shopping for a pilot’s outfit after running into his friend in a cockpit.
The life of a writer can look glamorous from a distance, but don’t get tempted to become like him if you don’t know the rigors and intricacies involved.
Writing exceeds putting words together. It is a skill that should be understood and improved over and over again.
Lazy people don’t admit they are lazy.
Regardless, evaluate your development as a writer and ask yourself if you haven’t been reluctant to write because you find it stressful or mentally tasking.
If the rigors of research, constant reading, sleeping at very odd hours, engaging critical thinking, and penning down creative projects upset you, look for another vocation.
Becoming a writer, lest becoming a successful one, will definitely keep you grounded.
7. Poor Use of Language
Since English is the means of communication in this piece, it is enough to discuss, further, another reason you haven’t become an efficient writer.
The English language is the third largest language spoken by native speakers worldwide.
It is recognized as the second-largest language among native speakers and those who use it as a second language.
So, it is almost impossible to be a successful writer who writes the language without having a good command of it or any language for that matter.
Understanding the elements or figures of speeches in the language that you speak or write is essential if you are considering becoming a successful writer.
Get acquainted with English grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and idioms.
8. Procrastination and Lack of Commitment
Most writers have the habit of putting off their projects until they have an uncomfortable timeline. Even some great writers are guilty of this.
The great French poet and novelist, Victor Hugo and Canada’s most celebrated writer, Margaret Atwood, are perfect examples.
These writers were successful because they had their goals despite their ill-habits.
However, there are individuals who have become habitual procrastinators that getting passed their first page is like waiting for Genie to come out of a coffee pot.
Procrastination isn’t keeping you until you write a great book. It is keeping you from writing any book at all.
9. Waiting for Support
While it is true that most writers do not have a support system as a form of encouragement, it is the wait for this support that ends some potential grade-A writer.
When a writer has bills to pay and families to care for, problems such as delayed publication, rejections, and lack of financial support to produce a good job could discourage a potentially great writer.
Not many folks share your dream, so, getting financial or emotional backing can be very difficult if you’re starting as an independent writer.
Instead of waiting for that support, begin to write, or lose in both ways.
10. Not Having a Mentor
This may sound like a no-challenge, but it is a problem for aspiring writers who needs guidance from experienced writers.
Having a mentor can make you skip more than 50 percent of significant career mistakes.
To become a successful writer, you need to find someone who’s done what you want to do.
Writing, like every other vocation, demands commitment and consistency. Practice makes perfect, they say. The more you write, the more you make mistakes, the more you read, and edit, the better you get.
Read widely to master the art of diversity in writing. Knowing a variety of subjects will enhance your flow and help you when you experience writer’s block.
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