The 4 Most Misunderstood Facts About Writing

Let's take a look at the facts about writing.

Once you dive into the world of writing and publishing, you'll find that there are a lot of known “truths” about the art and workflow. Not surprisingly, many of these facts are not truths but are in fact myths or misconceptions. Here are four presumably of the most common misunderstood facts about writing and the workflow that follows.

Writing Means Subjecting Yourself to Complete Solidarity

Most likely one of the most popular of the facts floating around, being a writer means a wholly reclusive activity around all of a writer’s work which is one of the common facts about writing. Yes, typing away on your computer for hours on end can be isolating. But that's only if you make it so. Productive writing means fighting off the many social realms you reap from being a writer.

Social media, writing clubs, writer friends, comments, reading draft work from other writers, and writing forums are all ways that writers take their work into social beings, not to mention, where you physically work. From the coffee shops, co-working offices, to the parks, these are all common locations of writers and creatives alike to maximize productivity and increase social activity.

Reading Makes You A Great Writer

No, reading a lot cannot make you a great writer. If someone continues to read and read, all reading will do for them is continue to build upon their reading skills. Of course, reading is beneficial by itself, however, if you want to get writing skills out of reading, you'll need to change how you read. Read high-quality materials about writing, write your own material, and read your own content with a critical eye to make your writing skills sharper.

In summary, continue reading, but never stop writing. Writing is what will bring your skills to the next level.

You Have to Be a Grammar Expert to Be a Writer

Many aspiring writers claim they don't have the grammar expertise to become a writer that's one of the facts about writing. There's also this never-ending notion that writers who are genuinely good don't use spell check. Yes, many writers are better at spelling, typing, and grammar than non-writers, presumably because of more practice and repetition.

Professional writers who write hundreds of pieces of content every month use spellcheck and it's most likely their most favorited tool. It's not all about your grammar and spelling skills; it's about how you translate ideas into words and relating to your audience with a quality value deliverance that makes you a good writer.

Paper-based Books Are Totally Dead

As a writer, I'm constantly hearing that paper books are either a dying medium or unsurprisingly, are already totally dead. This up roaringly common misconception doesn't come to me as a surprise, with Amazon leading the way in ebooks with Kindle and thousands of other upstarts diving into the ebook and digital reading channels.

Giant companies and digital tech advances are killing paper based books which is one of the ongoing facts about writing. However, it's quite the contrary, paper books are still entirely most of the market in book sales, with ebooks making in less than 13% of overall sales. Of course, ebooks are likely to continue rising and will probably (eventually) kill paper based books. Though that's a long time coming, so we can all stop planning the funeral of paper books for some time to come.

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