Sometimes assumptions are laughable. Not so much so when someone invests a lot of time and resources on those that aren’t true.
Writer’s Digest posted a link to this funny video about an aspiring novelist earlier in the week:
Most people believe they have great writing skills. After all, they’ve been practicing all their lives.
Crafting a compelling piece of copy that appeals to a wide audience, though, requires a few more skills than those needed to pen a letter (and even these can be improved immensely with some professional support to influence opinion or land a job).
Honestly, I’ve been approached for ghost writing by more than one want-to-be author so excited about their idea they were willing to tie my entire compensation – millions no doubt – to sales receipts. I wasn’t. Oh, the nerve. There are times you just can’t explain to a passionate person some of life’s harder realities.
Of course, writing tips can be found through free and paid resources, including writing websites such as this one. Reading is a great way to collect writing ideas, improve your writing strategies and learn what makes some work good and some not so much. Listening to seasoned success stories can save time and money too.
Tastes aside, there are certain elements that carry through to make a piece work. Learning this takes time and research. Many enjoy the education and experience so much it’s worth the career choice. For others, pleasure writing can serve as a great hobby to soothe the soul.