If you don’t want to be a writer, follow these steps, especially if you’re trying to be one. If you don’t do any of these, then keep going.
Originally posted on Carrie Cuinn:
1. GIVE UP IN DESPAIR, AND STOP WRITING. FOREVER. PERMANENTLY.
2. Or, keep writing but:
- Stop trying to improve. Focus on racking up publication credits, or sales, or reprints, rather than whether this story is noticeably better than the last one.
- Refuse to listen when your writing is criticized, regardless of the quality or thoroughness of the critique or review. Only listen to your fans, the people who tell you how great you are, and suspect — quietly, to yourself, or loud and indignantly to your loved ones — that your critics just didn’t “understand” what you were “going for”.
- Stop sending your writing out for feedback (either to alpha/beta readers before you consider it done, or publishers afterward).
- Stop trying new things, whether it’s different genres, different styles, different markets, or different character types.
- Complain, constantly, that your work isn’t selling enough. Post on social media that people you know, your friends and family…
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