Before writing the book
Not a writer: I want to write a book, because bucket list!
Writer: I have some ideas for books…
Author: Hm, maybe I could turn all this stuff I’ve written down into a book!
“You need to consider your audience”
Not a writer: I can write something everyone will like!
Writer: I write for myself.
Author: I write for myself while considering an audience. If I didn't write for myself I'd be working without passion and never finish anything, but I know I have to keep an audience in mind along the way if I want my books to sell.
Our feelings on our work
Not a writer: I’ve just started and I’m so good at this!
Writer: The first draft is always bad, but at least I know I'm getting better.
Author: The first draft is always bad, but I'm overall good, right? Or am I? Ugh, I’m terrible. No, this scene’s great! But this one is awful, what was I thinking? *continues alternating every other day*
“I don’t think this is for me.”
Not a writer: Yeah it is, you just have to get to the good part!
Writer: Oh… *tries not to look devastated* Um, can you tell me why?
Author: No, and I told you 600 times I write for young adult girls. You’re an old man. No, I don’t think your sexist because you don’t like it, please stop talking and give it back.
Finding time to read
Not a writer: Who has time to read books? I’m already really good!
Writer: I try to read often, sometimes it’s hard but I know it’s important. My other writer friends say they eat books for breakfast. Literally.
Author: I eat books for breakfast. Figuratively.