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by Graur Codrin
Writing = Fiction
Although I have had some success as an educational writer, I find it all too easy to completely write off my non-fiction writing as somehow not real or not proper. Let me be clear: this is absolutely a self-defeatist thing. I have no problem taking other people's non-fiction or educational writing seriously. I found this view particularly difficult with the standard advice to write every day, as I found myself all-too-easily discounting the teaching-related work as writing. So, clearly, I needed to add daily fiction work on top - which was soon too much.
Real Writers Have Ideas Constantly
OK, so maybe they do - but I had to learn to sit down and find ideas. Once I stopped hoping the muse would drop in some time and simply worked at generating ideas, everything changed. It's easy to believe that if ideas don't find you, you aren't supposed to be a writer, but the truth is rather more prosaic.
Both of these myths have kept me from writing for a while. They can be powerful traps for the unwary would-be writer.
What other myths can stop our productivity and creativity?