Five Misconeptions about writers by Jen Cervantes

Writers are born:

Writers evolve from many sources—a love of books is a good start, but we are not all born from the womb wanting to be writers.

Writers are rich

Read what some of my writer friends here on this blog have to say about that. Their reality check is spot on.

Writers sit at the computer an compose a book easily

Erm…NO! Some days the words flow and everything falls into place and other days I stare out the window trying to come up with a single good paragraph! One of my favorite Hemingway quotes sums it up nicely: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

Writers are brilliant! Yes! Okay, okay—some are—but most are ordinary folks who happen to have a great story inside of them and the talent to create a page turning book.

Wrtiers are introverts

I think we all have one preferred way of being, but that doesn’t mean if you’re an introvert most of the time, you don’t have the ability to be an extrovert at other times. Go to a writing conference and trust me, you’ll hear all kinds of talk and laughter going on. And remember, many published authors spend a lot of time giving presentations to big groups of people, doing book signings, etc. So knowing how to let your extrovert shine will go a long way!


  1. Love that last point, Jen. After spending long periods of time alone writing, it feels SO GOOD to get out and interact with other like-minded folks...


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