MYTH: Writers spend their days in damp garrets scratching away on yellowed paper with an old pen whilst a cold wind swirls about their feet and a small fire sputters in a dented wood stove.
REALITY: This is not 1800. Most writers write on computers. I cannot comment on whether or not there is a small sputtering fire.
MYTH: If you write out characters' biographies, you'll know exactly how they'd react in every situation.
REALITY: You never know. You might guess, but you'll always be surprised. It might be a good surprise. It might not.
MYTH: Writing is easy.
REALITY: Writing is work.
MYTH: Writers wait for inspiration and once it's struck, work away in a frenzy of creativity until they've finished their manuscript.
REALITY: Writing takes discipline. Boat-loads of discipline.
MYTH: Writers are pompous creatures who are convinced each word they write is touched with genius.
REALITY: Writers are haunted by their self-editors; that strident voice that hisses in your brain "This is so bad you need a new word for bad. Can't think of one? I'm so glad you're a writer."
MYTH: All writers love writing.
REALITY: On a good day; yes. If you're having a bad day, cleaning the refrigerator with a toothbrush will strike you as a better use of your time.
MYTH: All writers drink.
REALITY: No comment.