Just the other day, someone told me, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to write a book. Perhaps I’ll get to it if I find the time.”

Look, I’m very supportive of people learning new stuff, especially if it’s writing. But assuming that an inexperienced author can pick up a pen and write a high quality book is not only delusional but very condescending.

Picture a volcano on a major hang-over throwing up lava everywhere. Picture that little girl from the exorcist. No, actually, picture Donald Trump on an angry rant.


Yes, that’s how angry I was.

I’ll quote Mr. King here, because he’s a trusted source on this type of thing.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Stephen King

Do people ever turn to a brain surgeon and say, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to fix brains, perhaps I’ll get to it if I find the time.”

Fuck no.

Being a serious author is NOT fun and games.

It’s a lot of research and years of work. It’s a shitload of stuff you need to learn, and it’s a blurred madness of self-doubt, tears, late nights, and dark circles under your eyes.

Sure, everyone can write, but:



dorothy parker

*End of angry rant.*