Joey Paul and I’m an indie author, and welcome back to my channel. Today I’m gonna be doing
a tag, specifically the defying writer stereotypes tag. I don’t know who I was tagged by, it
was months and months ago and I apologise that I haven’t written it down, but this tag
was created by Eileen Nestman, whose channel is linked below. There are five questions,
all about defying writer stereotypes, and I’m just gonna jump right to it. So number
one: what are 3-5 writer stereotypes that don’t apply to you? I don’t drink coffee,
mostly because I’m allergic to it and I don’t want to die. Two, I generally don’t get writer’s
block, which I feel like is a big writer stereotype, but that simply because of experience and
the way that I plan my time. It’s not necessarily a ‘therefore I’m better than people’ thing,
it’s just the way it is. And the third one is one that I’m stuck on, because I hoard
notebooks, I generally don’t talk about my OC’s that much, but I don’t know- I know a
lot of newbie writers who do this, but I don’t know a lot of older writers who do this, so
I’m kinda stuck on number three. I keep thinking about it and I keep thinking hmm, what can
it be? I guess one would be that I don’t write all the time, I don’t have all the writing
time, I also don’t put off writing, like that’s a writing stereotype that people who write
will generally do everything but write, I generally don’t do that. I think that ties
into writer’s block, but I’m not sure. But that’s definitely a third one so I’m gonna
call that done. Number two: what part of the writing process is hardest for you? That would
be editing. I love drafting, I’m great at drafting. I could get all the drafting all
the day. Editing and revisions is where I struggle. Because basically in the drafting
stage, I’m very much in the discovery of what’s going on, telling myself the story, and in
the revision stage, I’m like: this makes sense to me, but will it make sense to anyone else?
And then we go into edits, and my editor lets me know that no, it will not make sense to
anybody else. [LAUGHS] So, yeah. Of course we have betas in between them and some of
my betas are like: this doesn’t make sense, and I will fix it then, but then there are
other bits that the betas are fine with but my editor is not, so there we go. Number three:
Do you ever feel imposter syndrome as a writer? What about as a Youtuber? Yes to both! I feel
like an imposter all the time when it comes to writing, because I’ve been writing for
so long, and I’m still very much a small fish. I feel like one day someone’s gonna work out
that I’m not really doing it. But people seem to believe that I can do it. And I have things
that I can show myself, tell myself to make sure that I know that I can, but it is hard
to cope with, imposter syndrome. I have done a video on this which I will link up in the
cards. As a Youtuber, oh yes, I’ve been on youtube for over four years, I have just under
400 subs, umm, yeah, you can do the rest. I don’t feel like all those people realise
[LAUGHS] the thought of 400 people, less than 400 people, who sub-sub-subbed to my channel,
and think I have good things to say, it worries me sometimes [LAUGHS] Number four: Do you
generally receive support or scepticism about your writing? I get a mixture of both. I get
support from people who’ve read my books and like them, and then I get scepticism from
people who don’t think that it’s a good, like, good career choice. And I understand where
they’re coming from, writing isn’t a lucrative choice sometimes, it can be, but that always
depends on a number of factors. But even still the majority of writers won’t make it full-time
living just by their writing. So I get a mixture of support from like my friends and family,
from fans who are fans, who like my work, who love my work, who will read everything
I ever put out kinda thing, and that’s a great feeling to have, but I also get the scepticism
of: well how much do you make, and how many have you sold and are you really an author
if you haven’t done x, y, z And it’s just like [FRUSTRATED GROAN] Number five: what
is one piece of advice you want to give to new writers? This is the piece of advice that
was given to me, it wasn’t necessarily as writing advice, but by a friend of mine. And
she just said to me: it takes as long as it takes. I’d been complaining or saying that
I had to do x, y, z by x time, because otherwise I wasn’t successful, or I wasn’t valid, and
she was just like: it takes as long as it takes, and that’s okay. And I was just like:
wow. So yeah that’s the writing, that’s the advice I want to give new writers. Is that
it takes as long as it takes, and it’s okay if it takes you a while to get there. No one’s
counting, no one’s monitoring every second that you don’t get there. It does take as
long as it takes, and you will get there, but it’s okay. So yeah, that’s the piece of
advice that really would’ve helped me as a newbie, and really would’ve helped me sort
of like mental health wise as well. So yeah, that’s the piece of advice I want to give
new writers. So there we have it, the five questions. I am tagging four people, Dal Cecil
Runo, Christopher Drost, Moon Petrie and Cat Bowser. All of them are linked below. So do
you defy any writer stereotypes? And if you do what are they? And if I haven’t tagged
you, and you wish to do this tag, please feel free. But if you don’t wanna do this tag,
and you wanna tell me what stereotypes you defy, lemme know in the comments down below.
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