So you want to be a writer? Well I have some news for you, it’s not as easy as it looks. The reality is much more demanding than the idealistic dream.
Forget sitting in coffee houses, sipping on your favourite latte, musing as the world rushes around you. This will not be your real working environment. 99.9% of the time you will be working at home, perhaps in a study at a desk, or in your bedroom. You will be cramming in hours around your everyday life, and your working hours will not be strictly 9 to 5. Your desk/bedroom/study will be overflowing with notebooks, scraps of paper, books and articles. Your ideas will be hastily written on everything and anything, even on the back of receipts. Your sleeping hours will become messed up as ideas start to infiltrate your dreams or hit you in the early hours of the morning. You will spend a lot of time consuming caffeine, with glazed, tired eyes, sitting in your pajamas and dressing gown, as you tap away at a computer/laptop in your free time.
On top of that the first thing you write will be the hardest, and your work will have more rejections than anything you have ever done before in your life. Sometimes you may have to give up entirely on a piece of work and start again. You will need to learn new skills which are not taught in schools. You will need to study, and write, and read, and repeat these three things over and over and over for the rest of your writing days. You will find yourself becoming more reclusive as your hours appear to dissolve away, and sometimes your friends and family will not always understand… Continue reading