Many people struggle with choosing what path to follow in life. In the 21st century, there are so many career options that one might be troubled. This article audience should consist of possible aspirant writers who have no idea if that’s what they should do with their lives. I wanted to make this post different from the others out there and pinpoint the situations that enlighten and convince you that you are not meant to be a writer.

So, without further ado…


1.You want to be famous

I know that this sounds so tempting, but believe me, not every single writer there gets famous. In fact, only a few do. Having fans, book tours, signing novels, they all sound heavenly, but the small percentage of those who make it to that point is disheartening. If this is the main reason for choosing this career, maybe you should start looking somewhere else.


2.You want to get rich

Well, it’s not impossible - assuming you write a bestseller. But what are the chances you’re the next J.K.Rowling? At first, you might not want to go the traditional way and self-publish (which is totally fine by me), but that means you won’t receive as much money as you imagine. I talk from experience when I say that newbie novelist earns so so little. You won’t wake up tomorrow and hear that someone wishes to make a movie! If money is what drives you, rethink your choice, please!


3.You want to have a super relaxed life

This one just makes me laugh. Writing a book is not a piece of cake. Despite the popular belief, writers do not procrastinate all day long, sipping on a glass of wine while spending time on social media. Writers’ life is tough - they spend hours and hours in front of the computer to create a chapter, they are frustrated and the plot might hunt them for days. Books are written in one night.


4.You want to be “in trend”

I notice that in the past couple of years, there had been this inclination towards publishing (e)books. Whether they were on cooking recipes, tips for doing something or DIY, and the list could go on. I don’t know why those people decided to publish anything, but what I do know is that if you do not love the process of writing, no matter how much you endeavour, you cannot achieve success. Unless you are passionate about writing, it won’t work.

There’s a big difference it liking it at this moment in time and loving it for several months or years. Don’t get me wrong, you can give it a shot. But only because you’ve written a short-story or some poetry today, it doesn’t mean you should immediately think “Ah, that’s what I’m going to do with my life!”

I hope you liked this article. Let me know what you think and what your dreams are!

Have inspiration,

Rebecca Radd

Published by Rebecca Radd