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Are Writers Pretentious and Do They Need Help?

Updated on May 25, 2016
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Are You a Pretentious Writer?

"So what do you do?"

"I'm a writer!"

"Really, wow that's pretty cool."

"I know, I know it definitely is. I am amazing and will be the next James Patterson soon, so look out."

Is that what all writers really think though? Do they all think they're amazing and every thing they write about is pure gold?

My answer to that is YES!!!

If you're a writer, then chances are everything you write about means something to you unless it's technical and calculated. By technical I mean you're adhering to a client's needs when putting together a piece.

But I'll make the argument that even technical writers think their words are amazing and everybody will love them.

The truth is writers think everything they type, everything put on paper, and everything we publish will become an instant diamond that everyone will love. It's a simpleton belief that exists until reality finally hits (hard).

The Cold, Hard Facts

Thin line between success and failure
Thin line between success and failure | Source

Facing the Truth

The truth about writing and being a writer is that most will fail.

I'm sorry but no not everyone thinks what you have to say is important. In fact, most people don't give a you know what about you have to say.

And this is coming from someone who think he's "a writer".

I know most people don't care what I have to say, and I don't blame them. If I were to step into their shoes and read about my works, then I'd likely skip it and view something a lot more interesting.

But that's the reality us writers face and many are way too stubborn to admit it.

The problem is we are way too into ourselves to realize that it takes a really long time to even gain a footing in the exclusive writing community.

  • It won't take one blog or an article to make a victorious writer (in 99.9999% of cases), which is why many quit.

I've read so many stories about pretend writers who've complained about the low pay, the lack of an audience, and the hard work that real writers have to put in just to earn a minimum wage living.

It's not the cutest way to think about the profession, but how come some pretentious writers made it over others. I've been stating that it's a flawed thought process, however; there's something to be said for being a pretentious talent.

Are You an Egomaniac?

Talented Yet Pretentious Writers

If writers had zero success, then nobody would want to become a writer (obviously).

So there have been writers who've managed to take their crazy confidence and turn it into an elaborate career.

Authors like J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series and John Green, writer of "The Fault In Our Stars", had an idea, they wrote about it, and a lot of people loved it.

Their "I'm amazing" beliefs translated into sales and success where millions of others had failed but why is that?

One word: Talent

Those authors had something called creative talent, and it's a very rare find. It's one of the three ways writers become successful. Writers who are talented have an original idea that's presented in a brilliant, character driven, and well defined way.

People have no idea how taxing it is to come up with something that's well written, authentic, and charming that attracts many people. If it were so easy, then we'd have millions of writers breaking the bank but we don't.

However I did say talent is only one way of becoming a successful writer because there are others.

Keep reading if you'd like to know more otherwise I'm sure the Kardashians have something fascinating going on that people will inevitably read about.

How to Make Money Writing?

Making big money is the goal
Making big money is the goal | Source

3 Ways to Become a Money Making Writer

Yes there are three ways I've discovered on how to make a lot of cash and gain prominence as a writer, and they are as follows:

  1. Talent
  2. Controversy
  3. Notoriety

I was going to include persistence but that's a given for 99 percent of writers already.

Anyway, I've already talked about talent and it's self explanatory. Even if you don't enjoy reading a Stephen King novel or something, you can't deny his talent and appeal with popular books like "The Shining" and "It".

As for the next method, controversy, I can't ignore the Fifty Shades of Grey series or even the Twilight books, but let me just say that they're terrible.

The Twilight series is probably more in the notorious category but 50 Shades is definitely controversial. I don't think I have to address some of the topics inside the book unless you've been living under a cave.

Talent isn't even necessary when you're writing about controversial topics and that series proves it. The dialogue in the books is laughable (entertainingly funny), the plot is nonexistent, and it was extremely crass in nature, but that's what drew readers to these books and so called movies.

Finally, notoriety comes from either someone who's already established like a celebrity or a work of literature that creates a rabid fan base. The Twilight books had all the elements that attracted young, teenage girls particularly the "attractive" characters.

There were also elements of lore, fantasy, and conflict that made them interesting to teens. The fact that the characters were teens or portrayed as teens helped shape the demographic and eventual fan base.

I read the first book and wasn't impressed. I decided to read excerpts from the other books and it didn't sway me at all. I saw a couple of the movies and couldn't even finish them because they were so awful.

Personally I found the main characters unappealing, and when you have unlikable characters, it destroys the series and movies.

The Writer's Reality

Pros and Cons of Being Pretentious

Pros
Cons
A lot of confidence
Too many expectations
Go-getter attitude
Blow to your motivation
High sense of worth
Sudden shock of reality
Belief in your writing
Confusing career path

Too Much Shock, Strong Beliefs

From the table above, the shock of reality is what hurts the most while the belief in yourself is the most positive.

If you're pretentious, then you feel good about yourself, you believe in your writing, and you're a go-getter. Your strong beliefs indicate a lot of confidence in the writing.

On the con side, there are way too many expectations of acclaim that probably won't work out. Those beliefs go hand in hand with the culture shock of reality.

When you don't see great returns from your work, then your motivation gets shattered. All of that leads to a confusing career path.

Remember how I said a lot of writers give up and move on to a more lucrative job or career.

Keep Going!

Loving yourself is key
Loving yourself is key | Source

Persistence is Most Important

If you really want to be a writer and think you're the best, then keep at it.

  • Don't let what others say stop you from becoming successful.

I know most writers will fail, but you could break the mold and become one of those few who succeed. Nowadays success is more plausible with free publishing platforms, eBooks, various writing platforms, free blogging sites, and your own simple site creation websites.

You also have social media like Facebook and Twitter to help you get the word out that writers never had. Just imagine how tough it was for writers to get their novels and poems out before the internet.

They didn't have all these platforms, they couldn't self-publish, and they had to work so much harder to gain readership. Today you don't even have to be a talented writer to succeed. It's far more possible to make it as a writer today than the past and we have technology to thank.

So don't give up, be pretentious, be confident, work hard, and you'll find an audience and make money eventually (or through an unexpected hit).

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      Linda Rogers 22 months ago from Minnesota

      I think many writer's who have kept with it, (like hubbers on Hubpages) realize that your not gonna make a living on it but continue out of a writing passion. I absolutely love writing and don't focus on the money piece of it. If I make money, it's a bonus, but I don't count on it. For me, it's a passion and is healing for me.

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      John Hansen 22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this hub Chris. I can't help but agree with everything you say. I know I am pretentious and everything I write is a must read. :) I just need to convince everyone else in the world of that. Voted up across the board...except beautiful.(there wasn't a button for pretentious)

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      Zena Lefae 22 months ago

      Most, if not all, writers are pretentious. It is perfectly natural and healthy. However, there is nothing wrong with exercising some level of humility in order to learn and gain new writing skills or perceptions from others.

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Although I surely consider myself a "writer," and may even add, "a fairly good writer".....I'm realistic and stable enough to know that the whole world may not think so...at all! Nor would a great number of people.....except for family, friends, fellow-freelance writers & a few who may just enjoy my style and topics. I'm realistic, even though I do have confidence in myself.

      I'm painfully aware I could not hold a candle to the GREAT writers of the world, but satisfied that I probably write much better than most ordinary people .

      It's all a matter of opinion and appreciation, I suppose. If I am happy within myself about who I am and what I do, I'm simply HAPPY. Pretentious? No, I would not own that. I'm humble and grateful for whatever gifts I have..........Paula

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      lavenderLove 22 months ago from Philippines

      I do consider myself as a writer..but the reality I am just a tiny chunk of a bigger universe of writers waiting to get noticed or succeed..but I am happy with what I am doing...and I am going to continue doing this for a long time

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      Krzysztof Willman 22 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Awareness is a nice tool to have in a writer's mailbox so you're one step above many already. You posses a lot of confidence in your writing skills and know where you stand. You are a writer there's no doubt about that. Thank you for reading.

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      Krzysztof Willman 22 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Absolutely, you can't be so into yourself that you ignore everyone else's suggestions and advice. There's a difference between being pretentious and arrogance.

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      Krzysztof Willman 22 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Thank you so much, yes we all are and I'm happy some can admit it. I'll happily take the pretentious button and press it myself.

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      Krzysztof Willman 22 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      It's a passion for me too, but I do think many writers hope it can one day translate into a career. It may not be their primary focus but it's in the back of their minds. However true writers continue to write despite a lack of success.

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      Krzysztof Willman 22 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      We all feel that way and have our fingers crossed that we'll be noticed one day. As long as your happy, then writing is its own reward.

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