Serious writers have blogs

Or so they tell me.

Two and half years into my writing degree I find myself surrounded by lecturers and tutors and cynical students who spend an inordinate amount of time whining about how no one makes any money in writing, no one’s getting published, no one’s getting contracts, how it’s impossible to make a career as a wordsmith in this day and age.

And they seem to think this should be encouraging.

I don’t deal well with negativity and, in a state of depressed desperation, I sought out other voices. I talked to writers and publishers and journalists and every single one of them told me what a load of bullshit this was.

I’ve received a lot of good advice from a lot of good people, and without doubt the most important thing anyone ever told me was that you can’t wait around for opportunity to come to you. You make your own opportunity when you take matters into your own hands.

Nowadays, if you want to be taken seriously, if you want to get your name out there, if you want to have any success as a writer, you need to have a blog. 

This, I suppose, is my attempt at being a so-called ‘serious writer’.

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3 thoughts on “Serious writers have blogs

  1. I’m a 2nd year student on a creative writing and English language course. For me, my fellow students are the ones that seem so incredibly jaded. I call myself lucky that, despite the odd whim about being a teacher (a profession I personally think highly off) my tutors come across as very positive. Why do you think it is that so many writers have this negative attitude towards a career in writing?

    • I’ve had some amazing teachers who were very encouraging, and I’m lucky that my family and friends are extremely supportive of what I want to do with my life. But it is difficult when so many people are so negative about it.

      I think a lot of the negativity comes from self-doubt, especially among my fellow students. It’s a fear I understand – the suspicion that I’m not good enough to make this work, the little voice at the back of your brain telling you to ‘get a real job’. We are undermined by our own uncertainty. Some would call it being practical, but more often it comes over as pessimism.

      I’ve simply decided that I doubt myself enough – I don’t need other people doing it for me.

      • I’m glad it’s not just me who can get that little voice in the back of my head, although I presumed as much. I guess this is part and parcel of being a writer and it seems half of it (and most would probably argue more) is all about keeping dedicated and confident of our ability, while improving all the time.

        Interesting first post and welcome to the world of blogging! I often use my blog to get my foot in the door of writing jobs so I recommend it fully!

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