Today a great writer and good friend of mine, Susie Mander, posted this advice for young people considering a career in writing. I couldn’t help but pass her words of wisdom along. The following is an extract from her article.
‘The question on Quora was, “what is some good advice for young people considering a career in writing?” My response: know what it’s like to be an (unpublished) writer and do it anyway. So what is it like?
Without the validation of a publisher, you are plagued by self-doubt. No amount of support from your family and friends will change this (though it does help). No amount of “positive feedback” from your peers will reassure you. Your peers do not count. They do not know what they are talking about. Only the publisher’s opinion matters. You are a slave to the publisher’s whim. They hold your future in their hands.
As a writer you probably bite your nails. You pace up and down. You drink too much coffee. If you drink at all. Sometimes when you are “in the zone” you forget to eat and drink and then you complain of headaches. You suffer from back and neck pain from leaning over your desk.
As a writer you spend most of your time inside your head. Sometimes you do not know what you are doing, where you are or how you got there. You walk one way, change your mind and turn around mid-stride, like a crazy person. But you are not crazy, you are just thinking about your plot, character, or whether you will ever be big like J.K. Rowling…’
To continue reading the full article go to www.susiemander.com.
Susie Mander is a freelance and fantasy writer with a Bachelor of English and a Master of Teaching English from the University of Sydney. Currently work as a copy writer and editor, she is also working on her first novel, which you can read about here.
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