Writing is easy. Writing is kind. Well, only the latter is true, but writing is not an easy craft to master. Although creative and literary writing has emerged almost since the beginning of humanity, writing for businesses didn’t. Only in the past few years, we started seeing both small and big firms and enterprises seeking writers of all sorts, from content writers and copywriters to business writers and technical ones. If you’re looking to get hired or get published even, knowing what everyone gets wrong about writing will make it easier for you to explain what you excel at and what you’ve never tried writing in before. One of the biggest challenges we face as writers in the digital world is the various types and styles of writing available in the market that, unfortunately, most companies and agencies are still unable to differentiate between.
1. Writing Is A Talent
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway
Many people mistake writers for being just talented and having some luck to become famous. Although the latter might be true to an extent, the former definitely isn’t. When it comes to writing, talent alone is not enough. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get better at writing. Although it’s considered fine art, writing is unlike other forms of art; it makes you retrieve all of your pains and emotions, not allowing you to be oblivious. Only through consistent practice, a writer can aspire at getting better at it.
2. Writing Is Easy
Other than actually requiring a lot of consistent hard work and dedication, writing is difficult. Aspiring writers should be knowledgable about world history, religion, sociology, psychology, linguistics, literature, movies, music, and many other fields of study. Why? Because they need to paint pictures for all of these aspects using only words. They’ve to always be updated on what’s happening around the globe; still, a thorough soul searching practice is never off for any writer. Gathering information from here and there to form one creative idea is not easy, let alone completing it.
3. Any Writer Can Write Anything
That’s one of the biggest myths! There’re many types of writings, and each writer has a specialty of their own. Even the same type of writing has various genres, and each writer specializes in one of them. For example, when it comes to fiction, some write romances, and others write psychological thrillers. When it comes to non-fiction, some write memoirs, and others prefer blogging! Few writers can stretch their writings into more than one type of writing, but eventually, they’re known to be at their ultimate best in only one genre.
Types of Writing:
- Web Content Writing
- Creative Copywriting
- SEO Blogging
- Journalism & News Writing
- Travel Writing
- Business Writing
- Resume Writing
- Academic Writing
- Technical Writing
- UX Writing
- Poetry and micro poetry
- Prose: novels, novellas, short stories, flash fiction, and microfiction
- Drama and plays
- Book Reviews
All these types of writing could be categorized into the various agreed-upon styles of writing:
- Narrative Writing
- Expository Writing
- Persuasive Writing
- Descriptive Writing
- Objective Writing
- Subjective Writing
- Review Writing
- Creative Writing
4. Writing Is Done Anywhere
When asked about our job and we say that we’re writers, people instantly assume that we’re traveling the world while writing on our laptops in airports and planes. Although this might be the case for some, it’s not the norm. On the contrary, almost all famous writers stated that they had a writing space at home that they preferred writing in. Beautify your writing space. Make it a ritual to visit it daily and get some writing done. When bored, make sure to change its decoration a bit. It doesn’t have to be neat. Actually, it shouldn’t be anything other than the creative space that gets your juices flowing and makes you write.
5. Writing Is A Solo Act
“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” – Ernest Hemingway
Apologies to Hemingway, writing isn’t lonely anymore. Despite being partially true, one should look at the bright side of the moon. When I first started attending creative writing workshops, I couldn’t tell how it would go or work! Reading poetry and microfiction pieces together and analyzing them, then writing about it from our own life experiences, helped in enhancing our creative writing skills. We would play some music in the background while writing, and each would write in the form that best suits their vision of the situation. When done with writing, each shares what they’ve written down in words, lifting everyone to their own world, making us feel it from their senses. Only then, I realized that writing is not necessarily as lonely as people might think. Peer review and getting feedback are what makes any writer gets better. We shed light on the parts that needed development.
Conduct creative writing sessions with fellow writers and make use of their constructive criticism and boost your critique skills when doing the same for them. This method has proven to be the most effective to be a better writer, so when you’re editing and reviewing your own work the outcome is flawless.
So now that you’re familiar with the things that people get wrong about writing, you can confidently reply to any questions that people usually ask when they learn that we’re writers. Tell them more about the type of writing you excel at and the style of writing you prefer to write in.