Youre one to talk (not literally). I don’t mean that you have to be an expert about every subject. I mean that you have to be an expert in every topic you write about. And I mean that you have to be an expert at everything you write.
Youre one. Youre not an expert in computer programming, youre an expert at everything you write. Youre one of those “I’m so smart, I don’t need to care about what everyone else thinks” type people.
Youre one. You’re not an expert in anything but writing. You’re one of those Im so smart, I dont need to care about what everyone else thinks type people. Youre one of those who have been writing since they were kids and still are. Youre one who knows how to write and knows how to think and knows how to write and just write and write and write and write and write. You dont know what youre talking about. You dont get it.
This is one of the most common misconceptions I get, especially from people who are not writers. Writers are the experts in their field. Writers are the ones who know what they’re talking about. They’ve created their own field of expertise. They’ve created their own language they use to write. They’ve created their own jargon. They’ve created their own jargon that applies to their particular subject matter.
I get it. Youve got a bad habit of writing and writing and writing and writing. It just doesnt seem to add up. Youre like one to talk.
I know I do and I know you do. But it doesn’t help that youve been doing this for so long. I can remember the last time I was a writer. I was about 13. I remember having a writer friend tell me that if I wanted to be a writer I should write. I had no idea what he meant, but I knew it didn’t sound like fun.
I had no idea what he meant either. No I didnt. But I knew it wasnt my style and never had a clue what he was talking about. But I knew it was something I dont want to do.
I dont really know, I just know I dont. It doesnt help that I spent ten years writing as a teenager and then wrote about the same thing for another ten years. But I dont think anyone could have understood my feelings as well as I did.
You know what they say about writing: you just write a page on a computer and then you just read it over and over again. But in a different way. When I wrote down the page, I was still trying to find the words. It was like trying to find the words to a poem. And as I was writing, I felt like I was making it up as I went. I was actually feeling the emotions of the page as if I was writing it a second time.