Five Things Preventing You from Becoming a Writer

I apologize for the sensationalist title, but I’m playing around with titles for another post at the moment and testing some things out.

  • Reason 1: You’re not writing
  • Reason 2: You think you’re writing, but what you are really doing is just sitting there, thinking.
  • Reason 3: You’re still reading this page,
  • Reason 4: And expecting me to say something else important,
  • Reason 5: But we both know you’re just procrastinating.

Today, the legendary fantasy writer R.A. Salvatore did an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) on reddit, which is essentially a public interview on the internet, and he responded to this question from /u/melliott79:

“What is your advice for writers just starting out?”

/u/RASalvatore responded:

“Worry about the writing. Finish something, find your voice, love your characters, THEN worry about how you’re going to publish it. Writing is a way of life, a journey…publishing is a business.”

The phrase ‘Finish something,’ was what caught me the most. Mr. Salvatore is not known for his literary genius, nor for eloquently-penned prose. But he is incredibly successful, especially at what he does. Maybe it’s because his characters are so easy to love, but R. A. Salvatore has been writing for more than two decades.

The obsession to write will make you a writer.

Drizzt, Protagonist of Salvatore’s “The Dark Elf Trilogy”

Write a sentence in the comments below. Any sentence, I don’t care. Nobody else cares.  If they do care, they’ll probably give you a few free hits on your blog! Don’t know what to write about? Write about Drizzt up there. Write about the last time you saw a mountain. Just write.

9 thoughts on “Five Things Preventing You from Becoming a Writer

    1. But you DID IT! And you can do it again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again! And Again!

      And then you’re a writer!


  1. Yep, I’m on the brink of finishing a novel I’ve been writing for the last few months – spending most of those months not writing it. I spend a lot of time staring at it, thinking about it – but not writing it. I have an unfinished chapter in the middle I’ve no idea how to finish, I’m running out of torture methods for my final chapter… If you find my inspiration floating around somewhere, kick it up the ass and send it my way.


      1. This is the 6th one I’m attempting. lol. I’ve finished five, on various topics, but this one’s totally different to anything I’ve written before.

        The novel is about a man who never thought he’d get it all but does – then loses everything, including his mind. It’s a little bit complex, but in short his wife dies in childbirth and their daughter is murdered as a teenager. He loses his marbles and decides to take it out on a guy who’s partially responsible for his daughter’s death. Hence the torture methods. lol.

        So, ideas? 😉


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