So You Wish To Write?

There’s a common response I get every time someone gets to know I’m a writer.

‘I wish to be a writer too. Someday.’

(This, and ‘I’m a writer too. Only I haven’t written it down anywhere. It’s all in my head.’)

Now for all of us, who are real writers, it’s offensive to be told that you expect to become a writer (or write a book) overnight. And it’s not just me, but famous authors too who get to hear this. Their response is often hilarious and causes a laugh riot amongst us.

One such incident is narrated in Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power, by Peter C. Newman.

Once at a Montreal reception, a distinguished gentleman came up to her (author Margaret Laurence) and gushed, ‘Oh, I’m so glad to meet you. I’ve read everything you’ve written. I’m a brain surgeon, and when I retire, I’m going to do novels, too!’ She looked at him with pretend enthusiasm, grabbed him by the elbow, and bellowed, ‘What a coincidence! When I retire, I’m going to be a brain surgeon.

That’s right! Writing a book is akin to becoming a brain surgeon. You just can’t do it one fine day.

Yes, self-publishing may make you an ‘author’, and you may actually have written a book, but I, for one, won’t consider you a writer. Not one that deserves my respect anyway.

If it was left to me, I’d rather be known as a writer than an author. Here’s why.

So you want to write? Well, what’s stopping you?

Wait, hold on! Do you read? If not, forget about becoming a writer. Ever.


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If you do read, and if you’ve occasionally attempted to string together words but without success or not enough to want to call yourself a writer, then there’s hope.

Join me, as I help non-writers, and aspiring writers pursue their passion for writing!


We’ll start with fun elementary exercises and move on to more elaborate exercises like short stories and non-fiction. And no, you don’t need prior experience.

Oh, and did I tell you this course is what you need whether you’re an expert in English language and want to become a writer, or whether you’re a writer and struggle with language.

So, what are you waiting for? Head over here now, and let someday be today!

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a writer? Is it the language? Or is it the routine or the demands of being a writer itself? Share your thoughts and views via the comment box below.

Don’t forget to sign up for the course if you’re considering writing a book someday. 🙂

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  • Keerthi Vydyula
    Posted at 14:13h, 18 December Reply

    I sometimes find it difficult to transform my thoughts into words. I do not know the exact cause of this, but I feel it is the stress or some other tensions running in my mind. This course you are talking about sounds interesting and helpful Piyusha. I am going to check it out and sign up right away! Thanks you for sharing 🙂

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 21:16h, 18 December Reply

      Thank you so much, Keerthi. I do hope it proves useful for you. I guess the thoughts not translating to words could stem from not being able to find the correct words at times. Nothing good practice won’t solve. 🙂 Keep writing. 🙂

  • Kailyn Kausen
    Posted at 04:10h, 19 December Reply

    I am in a Writing and Literature program at my University and most of the kids in my major DO NOT READ. And I am like, “Maybe you should rethink your major.” I think it is ridiculous that people don’t read but expect to be great writers. They won’t even read what is assigned for class and it makes me sick! The whole reason why I started a blog where I review books was to make sure that I kept reading and thought about how the books worked or didn’t!

    • Wandering Soul
      Posted at 11:44h, 19 December Reply

      So true! And I think Stephen King put is best when he said if you don’t read, forget ever being a writer. It’s like saying you like cooking but won’t taste food. Ridiculous, really. Glad you are keeping your love alive. I also started reviewing books recently just so I would push myself to read more and more. 🙂

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