Friday, March 11, 2011

myths of writing

It has come to my attention that there are some myths related to writing:
  • writing can't be taught
  • people are born creative or uncreative
  • creative writing is something done by a few geniuses
  • writers are subject to the whims of an "Ah-ha!"-like moment of inspiration
  • good writing proceeds inevitably from good ideas
  • good writers compose nearly perfect drafts often at a single sitting
  • writing is a rather magical, solitary occupation
  • writers are more interesting than other people

For the most part, these myths do NOT help writers. They can actually interfere with our creativity.

How about you? Have you ever believed any of these ideas?


  1. I don't believe these myths. Though it is generally easier to compose while alone, written words are to be shared and honed, often through several drafts or edits based on feedback from others. There are some prolific and splendid writers whose ideas are bland, questionable or, in some cases, even evil. There are others with wonderful ideas who cannot successfully put pen to paper.

    Where did these myths come from anyway?

  2. The one myth I've found to be so not true is that writing is a solitary occupation. It never ceases to amaze me how much teamwork is involved with many people in bringing a piece of writing to publication.

  3. Good question, Hilro! I have no idea where these came from.
    I agree, Joanne. Writing is a group effort. :)