Things You Cannot Convey To A Young Writer (Or Any Other Calling)

by Randy Murray on March 8, 2011

You are not a natural.

You will have to work for your success.

It may take you years to find your voice.

Your friends will flatter you.

Red ink is useful to you.

The struggle and effort will pay off.

The vast majority of authors make very little money, but writers can earn a nice living. It’s the difference between publishing books and having a life and job centered on writing and communicating.

You always need an editor.

More things you cannot convey.

Things You Cannot Convey To A Young Writer (Or Any Other Calling) by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Iain Broome March 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

Awesome. And completely accurate.


Randy Murray March 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thanks, Iain.


slowburn March 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

Thank you. Absolutely on point! :)

And I take comfort from the fact that I have a few years left to find my voice. Or the story I really want to tell.


Randy Murray March 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Take all the time you need. And keep writing!


Jim Raffel March 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

Loving catching up on your blog this morning. Love this Seth Godin style post. I try to write one like this a few times a month. It’s a lot harder than folks think.


Randy Murray March 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

You’re not kidding. It’s easier for me to write 500 words than to pare something down like this. I’m working on a big corporate web site right now and I’m spending hours on end trying to get the text down to just a few sentences and words, but just the right ones. It’s tough!


KjM November 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm

But, I don’t wanna work! :-)

I particularly like the distinction drawn between authors and writers. I really believe writers write.

An excellent list – well pared to essentials.


Ava Jae November 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Wonderful post and so true! It’s not something anyone wants to hear (especially when they’re just starting out), but most writers come to realize all of those things over time.


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