Know That You Are A Great Writer.

The original post was written four years ago. Everything here happened years ago. I think it’s high time to dust it off and remind authors of it again.

Know that you are a great writer and let no one tell you otherwise.

Originally Posted on February 20, 2018 by unholypursuit

Some may say this mentality is pompous, arrogant, and pretentious, but actually it is not. It is not arrogant to know your worth. Because it is going to take this attitude to make it as a writer.

First of all, no one is going to give you permission to succeed.

A few weeks ago at a book signing event I met an elderly man who swears he had seen this before (everyone thinking they can write because they can string two sentences together) and only the true authors are going to be left standing. He said he doesn’t read books unless a big publishing company is behind them.

[Remember these few weeks ago were four years ago]

Then I guess he has never read some of the most remarkable work known. Castle Rock was not a big publishing house when they took on Stephen King. But he’s the most highly paid author in the world today.

I ignored him for I didn’t drive through snow to get there to listen to him. Yes, there are trolls offline too.

He said years ago it was vanity publishing companies milling out books by the thousands and most aspiring authors fell to the wayside never to be heard from again. The writers gave up and went back to their day jobs. Was he giving me a hint? I don’t know but I’m sure he was but I have many years of writing under my belt. Many years he knows nothing about. But I was thankful for this newsbits.

These are the kind of things you will hear. Develop a tough skin and keep on doing what you do. Being a writer doesn’t mean being perfect. You are going to write great stories and some not so great ones, you’re going to make errs and mistakes, but keep on writing. You learn from them.

This is the greatest fear most who want to write let hold them back. Will anyone like it? Will anyone read it? Writing is like anything else you want to do…if you await others’ approval, you’ll never accomplish anything.

If anyone is like me, if you stopped doing whatever every time some one told you what you couldn’t do whatever, then you would never get anything in life done.


About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
This entry was posted in words, writers, writings. Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Know That You Are A Great Writer.

  1. henhouselady says:

    Thank you for these words of encouragement today.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Interesting and valid points! I see that this links with that post from last week about reading only big publishers and I still disagree with that man you met! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, I knew about the vanity press. Several contacted me long before I met “The Muses Port” but the amount of money they wanted was ridiculous. This was long before the days of kindle.

      I disagreed with the elder gentleman because he made it clear that his media outlet company was not hosting any books not published by a major publishing house.

      I’ve read lots of big press published books, but I look for gems among Indies and small press too, mainly because they are more likely to freely write about important issues or make up and published a story I have never read before.

      The situation was this: Several authors and I were at a social press meeting designed for Small Press and Indies. It’s sort of like a job fair. Some local media, radio stations, and newspapers were present. That’s why our publishers sent us. I think the indies showed up on their own.

      Several of us got an outlet interested in our works, some radio stations and television shows took the incentive to introduce our books to their audience. And he was disagreeing with those outlets who said they would help us.

      Oh, I certainly believed him; saying that lot of authors who are writing now who will later dropping their writing career to pursuit more lucrative prospects, have happened before. I believe it had happened before from the aggressiveness the vanity press approached me.

      I said what I did because some of the most iconic writers of all time were originally self-published. And I didn’t like the put-down he was projecting to Indie and Small Press writers. Pretty much saying, “You can’t write unless you’ve been accepted by a big publisher.” Failing to realize in most cases, with most big press it’s no longer the author’s original work by the time it’s edited to fit the company’s guidelines. You’re mostly reading the editor’s story with the author’s name slapped on it.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: ReBlogging ‘Know That You Are A Great Writer.’ – Link Below | Relationship Insights by Yernasia Quorelios

  4. says:

    This sounds so typical for our times, without success and monetary benefits everything we do is regarded as worthless. Modern life’s measured by profit margins only! We would be entire without the creative output of art if those merchants of greed would be in charge of our affairs. Against these proponents of materialism stands the clear and resistant sphere of meaning, beauty, love and consciousness without we would be not human.
    However, criticism and the separation of the chaff from the kernel are essential. Otherwise, there will be no one tending to the crop and we will all starve.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Oscar Wilde once said that “A fool is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing”.

      That’s why writers and artist pay these merchants of greed no attention. Most writers try to create work that will inspire and last. Creativity has no limit. I once read a book written in a spiral circle. Every page was written in a spiral.

      Liked by 1 person

    • I agree, the critic serve a purpose. Where would writers be without them. They make the work better. They see situations or hole in a story the author have missed.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. africanwomenvoice says:

    Thanks for the motivation!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Kana Smith says:

    I wonder what that “f2f troll” has to say about the state of publishing NOW! I picture him shopping now: only in used bookstores, so as to avoid accidentally reading any authors who e-published… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi Kana, thanks for visiting. I eventually got him on board in reading Indie’s work. Oh, I didn’t let him off the hook so easily. Oh no, that would have been too nice after his insulting me— to let him walk away not scalded. 🙂

      I invited him to a reading gathering of Indie and Small Press authors to show him what these people can do and by the time he left I had convinced him that our work is as good as traditional press, if not better, because we know we have to be good, very good to gain readers. You’re most likely only going to get one chance to impress a reader. It’s has to be our work which captures the reader’s attention, because even Small Press doesn’t have zillions to sink into one book.

      I learnt he was one of those people who condemned Indie’s works without having ever read any of them. He was one of those people listening to the moneyed people in the publishing industry. The stigma attached to Indie and Small Press is dead and only very discriminating readers are still holding on to it.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.