10 Reasons You May Not be a Writer

posted Dec 8, 2019, 10:05 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated Dec 8, 2019, 10:06 AM ]

10 Reasons You May Not be a Writer


Here is some criteria that shows you have a lot to learn in order to be a writer:

This is in the same vein as “You might be a redneck if…”

“You are NOT a writer if…

  1. If you do not know what a Story Arc is.


  2. If you have not read a single thing or heard about the Story Grid.


  3. If you have not Googled anything about writing.


  4. If you have not heard or read of Stephen King, James Patterson, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, Homer (no NOT Simpson, LOL!), Tolstoy, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Hemingway, Plato, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, or John Steinbeck. 


  5. You have never read any story.  NO!  It does not count how many movies you have seen you have to read.


  6. You think that a series of events without an arc is a story.


  7. You are not familiar with this statement, “The Elements of Fiction. Plot, Setting, Character, Conflict, Symbol, and Point of View are the main elements which fiction writers use to develop a story and its’ Theme.”


  8. You do not know the 7 main elements of fiction.


  9. You do not know 4 types of plots.


  10. You have no idea what a “hero’s journey” is.




  11. You must write a minimum of 5 or 6 days out of a week.  (there are a few exceptions to this but try to write 5 or 6 days a week.



    You can score yourself with one point for each thing you know, each author you’ve read, each book you’ve read and years you’ve studied writing.


    However, until you write, even if you write and fail, you do not know how to write until you write.


    A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

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