Writing Advice

How are pirates and writers similar?


Let’s face it, writers face many difficulties when embarking on their careers. It’s a lonely job with no guarantee of success or income. Like pirates of the high seas, it’s up to them to come up with bold solutions or risk going hungry.

Now I don’t suggest that if you’re a struggling writer that you literally become a pirate, no, by all means, never pirate another’s work or  join a crew of pirates that attack shipping lanes,but it’s interesting to observe the similarities between the two.

Similarity#1: Most independent writers are basically on their own. Just like pirates they have no backing. Independent writers don’t have a team of editors or a big publisher to help develop their work. It’s up to them to get their stuff written/edited, at their expense, and then publish their material to make it available for readers.

Similarity#2: It’s risky. Yes, writing is risky, there is no possibility of making tons of money once you embark on a writing career. Like pirates, you have to see what’s available and go for it. (Again, I don’t suggest that you become a pirate!) Sometimes you’ll cash in, or, most of the time, you’ll be struggling to stay afloat(no pun intended).

Similarity #3: You’ll face criticism whether you’re successful or not. Yes critics are out there. And I don’t mean the professional critics either. In this digital age of Independent publishing, countless blogs have sprung up, with so many “Reviewers” who will either heap praise or condemn your book. It’s inevitable. If you’re going to put your writing out there, get used to being bashed. It’s non-negotiable.

So there you go. There isn’t much difference between writing and pirating. Both are high-risk endeavors with no guarantees. So the next time you pick up a pen or flex your fingers before typing on your keyboard, don’t get caught singing “Dead Man’s Chest.”

T.A. UNER is the Author of various novels and short stories. Please be sure to follow him on LeopardKingSaga.com, where he blogs regularly about writing and self-improvement. You can also subscribe to his blog posts and have them delivered directly to your e-mail inbox. If you do this he will dance on his hands.


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