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5 Harsh Truths New Writers Need To Know

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There are a few harsh truths new writers need to know when it comes to making the big decision of joining the writing career. Many blog sites and “success” stories will have you believing that you’ll be stepping into a world of fans and supporters waiting to watch and support your every move. They’ll have you believing that it’s “easy” and motivate you to buy their course on “How To Be A Successful Author”.

But that’s the catch… It’s an idea. A marketable one at that. That anyone can become an overnight success like so-and-so who had family or husbands tossing money at them and endless funds to afford ghostwriters and AI to become that “success”. And then they preach to you about perseverance and hard work and that “any one can do it”. But the fact is, not every writer has thousands of dollars to burn through ads, ghostwriters, or AI. (I don’t recommend AI, but to each their own)

And some of us would rather earn a living writing quality fiction rather than a slapstick PDF of a course highlighting things the first page of Google would tell you about becoming a success. So here are…


5 Harsh Truths New Writers Need to Know That No One Wants to Hear


1. No One Is Going To Hold Your Hand

As a new writer, it’s important to recognize that the journey of writing is largely solitary. While mentors, writing groups, and workshops can offer guidance, ultimately, the act of writing and the responsibility for improving your craft falls on your shoulders. Embrace the independence and challenge yourself to persevere through the inevitable obstacles.

I am aware of the surge of AI, but even that won’t save you. AI scrapes information it finds online and often steals from other people. Plus, you’ll have to train it to write how you want. So unless you have a programming background that probably won’t give you the results you’re searching for.

In short, there’s no easy way about it. Just tap, tap, tap until you’re done.

2. No One Is Going To Toss Money At You

Many aspiring writers harbor dreams of instant success and financial stability through their writing. However, the reality is that writing is often a labor of love before it becomes a lucrative career. It takes time, dedication, and persistence to build a reputation and audience willing to pay for your work. Be prepared to invest in your craft without immediate monetary rewards.

A popular question I come across is people asking how they can sell their ideas. There’s no such career unless you’re a writer at some big studio. There’s no “idea guy” job. If there was, we’d all be employed. Gotta get on that grind, and just write the darn book. Even if it’s 10k words, write it. Most importantly, write it for yourself. In my case I write stories for my younger self, and my children. Stories I know they’d love.

And don’t rely on creating a subscription for your works to pay for themselves either. Especially if you lack an audience. A subscription is nice for fans when doing chapter serials because it keeps your fans up to date and in the loop, but without a fan base that subscription will fall flat.

Many readers will only sign up to a subscription if they already know the author. And even if you do manage to get a few subs a month, it doesn’t mean that money is going to instantly boost your will to write. Besides, you’d already be getting paid for doing nothing, you’d just be adding to your stress at that point.

And keep in mind only roughly 0.7% of self published authors make $100k/year.

Source: Here

3. Nothing Is Original Anymore

While every writer strives to produce unique and innovative content, it’s essential to acknowledge that all ideas are influenced by what came before. Originality often lies in the synthesis of existing ideas rather than the creation of entirely new ones. Instead of fixating on being completely original, focus on bringing your unique voice, perspective, and experiences to your writing.

And if you’re really hell bent on being “original”, pick up a story idea/trope that you don’t see enough of. Or, pick up a story idea/trope that has an untapped market. Chances are you won’t be the first, but someone just like you who also likes that trope or idea being touched up on again will surely devour it.

4. Adverbs Are Not A “Sin”

Despite the common advice to avoid adverbs, they can be valuable tools when used judiciously. Rather than banning them outright, new writers should learn to wield adverbs effectively, understanding when they enhance clarity and when they detract from it. Like any writing technique, mastering the use of adverbs requires practice and discernment.

Check out what Autocrit had to say about The Martian. They also rank other best selling titles who also use adverbs.

And further research will tell you the average reading level is at the 6th grade. Only 2 novels who ranked above 9th grade reading level reached the best selling rank in the past decade. The bulk of current best sellers rank below the 7th grade reading level and above the 4th grade.

In other words, use those adverbs, and keep it simple.

Source: 54% of Americans Read Below the 6th Grade Level

5. Writing is Hard

This may seem obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing: writing is inherently difficult. From battling writer’s block to grappling with self-doubt, new writers will encounter numerous challenges along the way. Embrace the struggle as an essential part of the creative process and remember that even established authors face setbacks and doubts. Perseverance and resilience are key qualities for any writer hoping to succeed in the long run.


By acknowledging these harsh truths, new writers can better prepare themselves for the realities of the writing journey and develop the resilience and determination needed to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

5 Harsh Truths New Writers Need to Know
5 Harsh Truths New Writers Need to Know

Check out my other post: Navigating the Narrative: Exploring Different Writing Styles and Perspectives

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