Ever feel like you are strangling a story to death?
I feel your pain. Really, I do. Sometimes I think my WIP needs to be put out of my misery.
So, let’s all avoid the paper shredder. Because there’s help by – 10 Career Killers by David McFarland Story Doctor.
Here is what I learned from reading 10 Career Killers.
- Critics don’t buy books. Don’t write like a professor, write for your reader.
- Idiots don’t buy books either. Don’t dumb down your writing.
- Develop a wide range of topics. Don’t be a one-hit wonder. Don’t become bland.
- Keep up with technology. Learn to speak. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you.
- Be thankful when fans or critics point out things that need changing. Then do it.
- Keep writing. Don’t let success kill your talent.
- Invest and save. Remember the law of gravity. What goes up must come down.
- Focus on your writing. Don’t let outside forces suck up your time.
- Figure out what to write and how to market it. Don’t rely on others to make you rich.
- Remember the rules of kindergarten and play nice. Don’t burn any bridges.
I usually have a favorite when I read a list of writing tips, but picking just one of these is hard. If I had to pick, I’d pick #3. Why? Because I love all genres and mediums. I love e-books, movies, YouTube, and apps. To me, technology is fun. I can enjoy reading everything from a Steven King novel, a children’s picture book to the latest Vampire YA.
David goes into a lot more detail in his post. After you’ve clicked and read the entire thing, be sure and let me know what you thought.
Which of his writing tips do you relate to?
Got another tip to avoid killing a writing career? Do share.
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