Being an amazing writer takes more than just a good handle of grammar and spelling. Don’t assume you can simply jump into the career path and pull in a lot of cash. It’s takes a lot of work and patience to create something a large audience will want to read.
I believe it’s OK to delve into the imagination and bring out ghastly imagery. It’s one of my strongest assets when writing fiction. I suppose that comes from reading too much Stephen King when growing up…if there is such a thing. But how far can you take ghoulish and grotesque content without it becoming overly offensive or down-right morbid?
When I first started writing creative pieces years ago, I was excited to have someone in the family read them. It’s not necessarily that I wanted a critique of my work, but more of the ego boost. Most of the time, friends and family are going to tell you what you want to hear regarding the story. Unfortunately, this can often lead to a hellish snowball for the artist. I’m not saying that family can’t be good critics. However, it will influence their judgement.
Many people use writing as a form of therapy. Although it may help you relax, it may also contribute to several key aspects in your life. You don’t have to be a mainstream author or have a high number of followers on your blog. Simply putting text to paper, or any medium of your choice, can make significant changes within yourself for both physical and mental health. It can be as spiritual for some as meditation is for others.
Negativity regarding your skills can be one of the most damaging aspects in virtually any task. For me, I’m super-critical when it comes to my work. I have started and deleted many stories that may have had great potential. But because I viewed myself poorly in the past, I was not successful. For all I know, some of those could have been turned into bestsellers. How you view yourself and your abilities will weigh heavily on whether you succeed or fail.