Did You Ever Want to be a Fiction Writer

I’m always open when it comes to talking about dreams (except for one). I want to be a developer. I want to write for some big publishing media. And I want to live a happy life.

But there’s one more thing that I often dream about. I want to be a writer.

The term writer actually sparks some debate over who actually is to be called a writer. A person who writes, or a person whose writing gets published. If that’s the case, my writing got published in newspaper and magazines. Am I already a writer? Or I have to author a book in order to be a writer?

Regardless of what it means in broader term, in Bangladesh, a writer simply refers to  a person who writes creative fiction and has published (read: printed) books. That’s the very basic identity of a writer. And that’s who I often want to be.

Is Writing the Easiest Job?

Some people think that writers who become famous are incredibly lucky to live a luxurious life. All they do is sit back and write. But I know that’s not entirely true. While becoming famous may involve a bit of luck, the process of writing is not all that easy. Even the writer who only writes short story has to work really, really hard. Think of an accountant. She knows what to do and how to do. But a story writer has to develop an entire new world, characters, emotions, stories and most importantly climax — all out of nothing but his imagination. Man that’s harder than anything else!

If you watched movies like Secret Window, you’d know that there’s this thing called Writer’s Block. Now, writer’s block also has many definitions. But for a creative fiction writer, I think it’s the shortage of ideas when a writer can’t think of what to write next. That’s probably the biggest obstacle in developing a story if you put negative feedback in the second line.

If you somehow make it to being famous, and if publishing houses are forcing you to submit your next draft, you will realize how hard it is to write. It’s actually harder than an accountant, or a developer, or even the job of the president of the United States. Keep one thing in mind, no job is easy. But yes, if you enjoy doing what you do, you’ll find it easier than others.

My Experience as Story Writer

I have written fiction. In Bangla language, I’ve written four stories so far with two being short and two other being quite long. Two of them are available for download as ebook (for free, of course) while the other two are live on my Bangla blog. I’ve received mixed feedback from the audience. Some people said that they liked it, some said they loved it, some still pushes me to write a sequel, some said my stories lacked maturity and some others simply said it could be better (luckily, no one said “crap!”). One short story, that I wrote in less than an hour, got over 400 likes on Facebook. And that wasn’t really a story. That was just a description of a typical day of a married couple.

I know how difficult it is to write a story. But I skipped all the usual process of writing a story. I just wrote parts and pushed them online. I revised a couple of times but that was it. And I was lucky to have idea to develop the story.

Stories so far (web links, your computer needs to have Bangla font installed to view these):

Orpito | Return | My Best Friend Simi | Prithibir Joto Shukh

However, I’ve been searching for the idea of my next story since then. In fact, I have some ideas but I’m not willing to write them anytime soon because it requires a lot of time. And I know I won’t be get paid to write the fiction so I’m having a hard time searching out for time.

writing fiction

So, I Want to Write for Money?

With my last sentence in mind, you maybe already thinking that I’m dying to write for money. Not really. I’m a born writer (meaning that I love to write all day long if I have ideas) and fiction writers have always fascinated me. If I can come up with a great story and a lot of time, I’d love to write fiction for nothing.

But you know I’m a student and I have to spend my time effectively. Besides study, I try my best to spend my time writing for news agency and magazine I work for, working per agreement with numerous freelancing jobs and some recreation like watching movies and playing games. So, if I start writing fiction, I have to either omit freelancing or recreation. I think both are necessary for mental and financial reason so I can’t really start right now.

One other problem with me is that I can’t write short story. Every time I start writing a story, I end up writing a long one divided into several parts. People seem to lose patience. But I can’t finish. Because there are so many stories to tell!

However, if a publishing house comes forward and assures me that I will be paid for my writing, I would definitely write several hours every day. Did you notice I wrote that I would, not that I will? That’s because I’m not a good writer. And that’s my dream.

I want to be a fiction writer.

Image Credit: Jelena.

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24 thoughts on “Did You Ever Want to be a Fiction Writer

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  2. So weird; this post didn’t show up on my subscriptions feed. By the way, do your facebook statuses get auto-published to Twitter?

  3. Well, to say to that is, me write as I think and thinking has no stopping but, but who reads it that is the questions otherwise it’s a waste of wards.
    It’s Just like, born to the world with the help of parents live as parents and die empty hands, yet there’s an ocean of knowledge to be had. ??. Come back to me.

    begumji

    • Thanks for stopping by. I think if you really want to write, and if that comforts your mind, the question of who’s actually reading it shouldn’t be arisen as long as you’re not putting significant amount of time in writing.

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  6. Steven Pressfield talks about ‘the resistance’ one encounters in any creative endeavor. While ‘writer’s block’ has been a well-established notion, I think it’s there for a purpose.

    I mean, what if there wasn’t any writer’s block to speak of; how would it change the way I write. If things came that easily to me, would I appreciate it at the same level as when the ‘block’ was there?

    Anyway, there’s a blog post you reminded me of; it verbalizes what you mentioned in a more succinct manner.

    http://www.freedomtwentyfive.com/2010/10/blank-page/

    And here’s another post why writing is more than putting words to paper:

    http://www.freedomtwentyfive.com/2011/03/524/

    BTW; really like your writing style. Simple and understandable, and most important- real :)

    [2 thumbs up]

    • Hi bro, thanks for stopping by. How are you?

      About your comment — I didn’t specifically write about writer’s block, actually. I was thinking of becoming a fiction writer and how hard it is to survive in the world of fiction writing. Plus, I don’t get much of a good plot in my head so I can feel that if I were to take fiction writing — instead of writing for technology and so on — as a profession, I’d definitely ruin my life. But the thing is, I’d love to. :(

      Anyway, thanks for sharing the links. I’m going to read them now. :)

      • Hmm- Your reply made me think of the way the society we’re in operate:

        Being good at something usually means that you’re expected to make a living off of it. That’s faulty thinking, because the moment one shifts to thinking ‘will this make any money’ is the moment we betray ourselves and the work.

        When the work being done has value in and of itself, then it can speak for itself.

        At the same time, I am aware that in our part of the world, survival has top priority, but is it really that hard to go beyond food, shelter and clothing and create something that’s yours and yours only? With the internet, I think the answer’s pretty obvious.

        If you really love writing, then writing for money wouldn’t matter to you. It’s your craft, your art.

        I may be wrong, but have yet to fully develop this train of thought. (Perhaps a post of my own:)

        • Well, I’d say the saying that goes on like “find your passion and make that your profession” sounds better than “being good at something usually means that you’re expected to make a living off it” although it is indeed thought in our society. If I’m really good at something, I really should be thinking of making it my profession as long as I enjoy doing the same thing “as a mean of making money.” You know, often you lose your interest when you’re forced to do something.

          But my point was: I’m still no good — and I assume I’ll remain no good — at fiction writing. Career as fiction writer is very, very challenging. I think it’s the most difficult job in the world. So, if I write fiction, that’ll always be just my hobby. Not that I’d not love to be selling my stories and be famous, but I don’t have that much talent in that field. :(

          • Fair point about the ‘passion to profession’ thing. At the same time, there have been research done that shows that it may not be the best course of action:

            See this: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/12/14/the-overjustification-effect/

            Even so, you shouldn’t think in absolute when you say that you’ll remain no good at fiction writing. I think the mistake most of us make is over-generalizing a weakness into a long-term morbid outlook on life. It blinds us to the only thing we have control over- the present in which we can act in the moment.

            I have to share something from the manosphere with you here; from a guy writing to another who decided to quit his day job to go into full-time writing:

            When you commit to being an author of something — literally an authority — at first it feels fake, like someone is going to come in and bust you for pretending to be something you’re not. Often you have either vision or talent, but not both, and you barely understand your craft. Not a damn word you write seems worthy, and trying to attract attention to what you, yourself, feel is mediocre almost feels like fraud. After all, who the hell are you? Why should people pay attention to what you have to say?
            But the difference between a pro and an amateur is more than whether or not you get paid. It’s whether you persevere, whether the potency of your vision or the abundance of your talent can push you beyond your own mediocrity, encourage you to perfect your craft, and whether or not your own passion can sustain you in times when it really seems like the whole world is just waiting for your next Big Fail. The Caucasian mountaineers having a saying: “Courage is hanging on for one moment more.” In every writer’s life you face moments where you stare at the screen and you have the very real choice of giving up or persevering, and it takes real, manly Courage to force yourself to go on when your Muse is off smoking pot with her friends somewhere and left you with a whiny baby.
            Then . . . you don’t suck so much. People pay attention. You get fans. You get (!) money. You also get stalkers and tax issues and challenges you never dreamed of. But success breeds success, and it only takes a moment to glance at popular culture to realize just how low the bar for “success” is. Thanks to Kindle, you can make a living now without an agent and a publisher, and that’s everything. Pushing ahead while you’re successful, while you still have that Day Job to fall back on, that’s easy.

            Let me know your thoughts.

  7. Dear You,

    What a sweet little post that was. Being a fiction (and otherwise) writer myself, I can’t not identify with most of what you have said, least of all the image at the end! Good stuff, this!

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