Why Writers Think They're Perfect: From M. Night Shyamalan to Stephen King
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 Stephen King 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 Truth About Being a Successful Writer
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?
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.
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:
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.
Pros & Cons of Being Pretentious
A lot of confidence
Too many expectations
Blow to your motivation
High sense of worth
Sudden shock of reality
Belief in your writing
Confusing career path
The Writer's Reality
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.
How to Succeed in Writing
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).