Most aspiring writers wonder if they have the necessary technical knowledge to write. This is a myth that many people believe in, including editors and publishers. You need to know a language in and out and be, almost, a scholar to be able to write. This is a myth that needs to be debunked.
But first, let us clarify something. One should always try to understand a language better and should invest time and effort to hone their knowledge about a language. However, you don’t need to have a degree in the language you write to be a writer. You don’t need to know ten synonyms of a certain word to become an author.
To put things into perspective, let us consider a few realities.
What makes a story worth reading or good is not its punctuation, grammar, vocabulary or the literary value of the work. A story is worthwhile if it intrigues a reader, if there is something original, something captivating and if a reader is satisfied in some way after reading it. None of those can be achieved by a piece simply by the virtue of excellent grammar, impeccable punctuation, superb use of symbolism or metaphors and rare vocabulary. Had that been the case then the only bestsellers in the world would have been those with an MA or PhD in languages.
Contrary to what you may be compelled to believe, it is okay to not know everything. It is perfectly normal to have limited technical knowledge, about writing or about the subject that you are writing. Don’t you spot grammatical mistakes in books published by some of the biggest names in the publishing industry? Aren’t those books supposed to have been edited by some of the most educated publishers or editors in the world? The answer is obvious.
Moving beyond the technicalities of writing, let us shed some light on the technicalities of what you are writing. Do you think Dan Brown is an expert on biological warfare or even viruses? Yet, he scripts a success story with Inferno. Do you think Jonathan and Christopher Nolan are expert astrophysicists? And yet they script Interstellar. Yes, we work specifically with nonfiction here at Wrters Rise. But knowing how to tell, or write a good story will equip you with the ability to deliver your information in an entertaining manner. This will captivate your readers, and your message will get through.
The point is that you need to know how to write and what you want to write. The technicalities are not so important. Sure, if you are aware of the technicalities, either of the language or the subject you are writing about, then you are better off, but they are secondary in the order of necessity.
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