Have you ever come across a blog post that is full of boasts and rants such as these:
- I’m awesome. I am a genius. Heck, I think I might be the next Tolkien/Rowling/Stephen King. (Yeah. Sure. Have you heard of ‘Show, don’t tell?’ Let your writing speak for itself.)
- I’m a big procrastinator. (Believe me, no agent or editor wants to hear THAT.)
- I’ve written first drafts of ten (or fifteen, or twenty) novels. (No, it does NOT make you a great writer. It is a sign of someone who lacks the drive to complete projects. Again, NOT something that agents or editors want to hear.)
- I hate revising and editing. (Newsflash: No book is EVER published after its first draft. If you hate the process so much, chances are, writing is not for you. It’s okay. The world will not stop turning.)
- I’m in the middle of a lot of things right now. (We ALL are.)
- Today I wrote n-number of words. (Nobody cares. Just get it done and get it out in print.)
- My life sucks. (See a therapist.)
- I hate reading. (Really? So how do you learn what works and what does not work in storytelling?)
While it might be acceptable to feel these things occasionally, or even to discuss them with friends or helpless pets or long-suffering family members, these must never, ever be used as attention-seeking gimmicks on the internet. A red flag gets people’s attention, but that’s not the kind of attention one wants, right?
These are but a few examples of what separates a wannabe from the real deal. So which do YOU want to be?