The Big Mistake Every Beginning Writer Makes

This is definitely relevant to my method of writing…

Thought Catalog

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We’ve all grown up around people who seemed destined to become writers. Everything they did was designed to give off that impression. Whether it was carrying around a journal at all times, to name-dropping all the au courant authors, or giving advice to their peers without ever having published anything, they seemed more interested in acting like writers than in learning the craft.

I doubt whether these types ever made it as writers. Self-indulgence is a cardinal sin in the field, which is why Faulkner advised, “In writing, you must kill your darlings.”

In any case, I was never one of those people. I was less interested in becoming “a writer” than in living the lifestyle that being a writer would allow me. Specifically:
• Not having an alarm clock
• Not having to go into an office
• Never having to interact with someone…

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2 thoughts on “The Big Mistake Every Beginning Writer Makes

  1. Johnc144

    Good day! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot! kgekdekfdkee

    1. M. S. Dobing Post author

      Hi John

      I’m sorry fella I don’t, I haven’t really looked to be honest but I’ve just had a Google now and doesn’t the akismet built-in functionality do a similar thing (i.e block spambots)? You can use the akismet widget to track how many have actually been blocked.

      Is this helpful at all? Sorry I don’t know any more 🙂



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