5 Things Creative Writers Are Tired Of Hearing
Start writing a post

5 Things Creative Writers Are Tired Of Hearing

You can't hide your creativity, and it always attracts some unwanted attention.

5 Things Creative Writers Are Tired Of Hearing

If you write creatively then you know the hassle that comes with the hobby. It's an endless process of creating content, researching, revising and creating again. I started writing novels in middle school, and I love creating other worlds that I have complete control over –– but writing isn't as glamorous as people who don't write think. Sometimes, us writers want to keep our passion a secret from people who don't share it. Why? Here are some reasons:

1. "Can you make a character just like me?"

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F22%2F6358903551988322371490706817_giphy%2520%281%29.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=117&h=7edfdbf0096895dfb76c0337938fc3dfdec7dd4b9d41c81a49a89ef36d8845ce&size=980x&c=1696139794 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F22%252F6358903551988322371490706817_giphy%252520%25281%2529.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D117%26h%3D7edfdbf0096895dfb76c0337938fc3dfdec7dd4b9d41c81a49a89ef36d8845ce%26size%3D980x%26c%3D1696139794%22%7D" expand=1]

I don't know how many times I've been hit with this one. So many friends, and not-friends, have asked me to create a character just for them –– that looks like them, acts like them and basically is them. I always tried if they were good friends of mine, but it never fit with my piece. Writing a character to please someone else, who honestly might night even care, more than likely won't fit with your story or world. Don't kill yourself trying to make your mom identical to your protagonist's mom. If there are similarities that came naturally, it'll flow better and come off more authentic to your readers.

2. "What's your book about?"

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F22%2F635890357856135899-1677099976_tumblr_njkyka1Bgv1r4y0rqo1_500.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=141&h=b50da368fe993fa045accbff8bb8e0e26abbbfd4f824c11b15d8181f10371ecd&size=980x&c=46909997 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F22%252F635890357856135899-1677099976_tumblr_njkyka1Bgv1r4y0rqo1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D141%26h%3Db50da368fe993fa045accbff8bb8e0e26abbbfd4f824c11b15d8181f10371ecd%26size%3D980x%26c%3D46909997%22%7D" expand=1]

Now this isn't too bad; however, when it's the tenth time and from the same person, it can get pretty annoying. It seems that no matter how much of a simple description you offer, the person just doesn't get it. It's frustrating when you realize that they're not really interested; they just find it unique and weird that there's someone their age who's creating content. Just grin and bear it; they'll forget that you write in about 20 minutes.

3. "It's just a hobby, right?"

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F22%2F6358903567302640061023804755_tumblr_lugu8wdtn11qmxj3so1_500.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=284&h=a5d3b4cd823586604969ce3a575901a8fd1a8311aec74b496d561d5bc5d017ab&size=980x&c=2792145513 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F22%252F6358903567302640061023804755_tumblr_lugu8wdtn11qmxj3so1_500.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D284%26h%3Da5d3b4cd823586604969ce3a575901a8fd1a8311aec74b496d561d5bc5d017ab%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2792145513%22%7D" expand=1]

This one hurts because it's not just a hobby to someone who spends so much time devoted to this craft. No one likes to hear that their job is just a hobby or that it's not legitimate. If it was just a hobby to J.K. Rowling, we wouldn't have "Harry Potter," and if it was just a hobby to J.R.R. Tolkien, we wouldn't have "The Lord of the Rings." Creative writing is a real career for thousands of people, and it is the aspiring writer's dream career.

4. "Nobody reads books anymore."

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F22%2F635890352616265496438447829_giphy.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=299&h=d4bacf01145ea6f27beae619caf6791f3b3c485ea8094f6acd774958e5ee2229&size=980x&c=2192129247 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F22%252F635890352616265496438447829_giphy.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D299%26h%3Dd4bacf01145ea6f27beae619caf6791f3b3c485ea8094f6acd774958e5ee2229%26size%3D980x%26c%3D2192129247%22%7D" expand=1]

This usually comes from the people who hated reading for homework and never picked up a book outside of school in their entire lives. And from being on the internet my entire life, I've witnessed the rise of the "BookTube" community –– where people have entire YouTube channels dedicated to books and sharing them with the world. Reading isn't for everyone, and that's OK, but reading isn't dead. It's very much alive and thriving. Go to your local bookstore, and just relax a bit; books bring comfort.

5. "So you just write poetry?"

[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2Ffiles%2F2016%2F01%2F22%2F635890349431580778-1433261881_tumblr_lryopv0BBr1qlvgw3.gif&ho=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com&s=559&h=b0241e94ed0a7ca5741098f5feb94da50a104acef60a013842f01083306e2444&size=980x&c=3752057022 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252Ffiles%252F2016%252F01%252F22%252F635890349431580778-1433261881_tumblr_lryopv0BBr1qlvgw3.gif%26ho%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn1.theodysseyonline.com%26s%3D559%26h%3Db0241e94ed0a7ca5741098f5feb94da50a104acef60a013842f01083306e2444%26size%3D980x%26c%3D3752057022%22%7D" expand=1]

Creative writing is more than just poetry. Within the craft there's short fiction, nonfiction, fiction, prose, essay, poetry and much more. Plus, there are so many genres within those categories that you can literally write about anything you want! As long as you're creative, and always have new ideas, your writing can do whatever you want it to.

Whether you're writing historical fiction about the Vietnam War or writing a fiction piece about a magical circus, you're creating meaningful content that someone, somewhere, will read and enjoy. I've had too many people try and discourage me from writing what I want to write, and I know plenty of other people who have had the same experience. Just don't give in, and you could very well publish the next "Hunger Games."

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

The Problem With The NBA

Is the NBA losing to College basketball for some sports fans?

New York Times

The annual ESPY award show put on by ESPN was created to reward athletes from around the world for their hard work, skill, determination and more. When Former NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was hosting the ceremony, and in the opening of the show, he absolutely shredded NBA champion Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors to create what many sports fans called a “super team.”

Keep Reading... Show less

Why I Don't Believe In Religion

I used to be comfortable with religion, but now I'm uncomfortable.

Rebecca Jarrett

I’m not one of those people who doesn’t believe in God because“if there was a God, why would He let such horrible things happen?” Saying that because sometimes bad things happen, there must be no benevolent higher power, to me, makes about as much sense as saying that because sometimes it gets dark, there must be no light.

Keep Reading... Show less

In Honor Of Mental Health Awareness Month

An open discussion on how much we need an open discussion on mental health awareness

Ashley Wen

Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.

Keep Reading... Show less
6 Confessions Of The Celibate Christian Girl In College

Do you endure a lot of persecution as a Christian but remember when you decided you wanted to "be like Christ"?

Didn't Christ suffer persecution? Didn't he suffer people talking about him, betraying him, determined to misunderstand him, and hate him?

Keep Reading... Show less

15 Affirmations To Remember During Mental Health Awareness Month

Let's lift each other up, because we are not our thoughts.

15 Affirmations To Remember During Mental Health Awareness Month

Odyssey recognizes that mental well-being is a huge component of physical wellness. Our mission this month is to bring about awareness & normality to conversations around mental health from our community. Let's recognize the common symptoms and encourage the help needed without judgement or prejudice. Life's a tough journey, we are here for you and want to hear from you.

It's a topic that needs to be talked about way more than it should, especially in today's world: mental health. Whether it be anxiety, depression or O.C.D. (or anything, really), we have come to learn as a society that it's okay- and even more beneficial than you think- to openly talk about experiencing what almost everyone does inside the complex mind.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments