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5 Ways to Destroy a Writing Career

by DiAnn Mills

Writers receive blog posts daily that offer advice to build their careers. The publishing world has many sides, and each facet needs attention.

We read—

  1. How to sell more books.
  2. How to strengthen characterization.
  3. How to write a synopsis.
  4. How to create a proposal.
  5. How to research and interview.
  6. How to increase exposure through social media.
  7. How to build a successful book launch.

And the list goes on. We are thrilled to have the valuable information at our fingertips, and we establish time to read and study the content.

But have we considered the 5 ways to destroy a writing career?

A writer decides he/she has taken enough instruction on the craft and knows all there is about writing.

Stop for a moment before following through with this career-killer. We never stop learning. When we do, we stagnate and die. This is not only true for our writing life but also for every breath we take.

Decide now to spend quality time every day growing in every area of the publishing world.

A writer chooses to eliminate social media. It’s just a fad and keeping up with it is a pain.

Stop and listen to reason about social media. We live in an age of worldwide communication. The best and most consistent way of reaching others is through a social media platform. Successful writers understand social media is about building relationships and helping readers with their lives by offering our expertise. Our platforms brand us as real, caring people.

Choose now to explore the platforms where your readers hang out. Engage with people and create lasting friendships.

A writer eliminates prayer about writing. God doesn’t care about sales, and there’s no need to consult Him.

Giving God just a portion of our lives means we aren’t embracing the God of the universe. The moment we pick and choose where God has jurisdiction is the moment we fall into a well of disbelief.

Eliminate doubt in the God who is faithful even when we are not. Our relationship with Him is more important than any accolades the world can offer.

A writer neglects to take care of his/her body. Exercise takes time, and proper nutrition is for health fanatics.

Varying reasons exist why people abandon sound nutritional practices and neglect their bodies. Medical stats prove those who choose an unhealthy diet and don’t exercise are more likely to contract life-altering diseases.

We need to champion our body. It’s vital for proper body and brain function.

A writer who refuses to help a serious writer and needs guidance and encouragement.

We were all once beginners, searching for tools and guidance in the craft. We made mistakes, learned from them, and resolved to become better writers.

If a writer turns her back on a struggling writer, what will happen to the next generation of quality prose?

What is a word of encouragement you can give a struggling writer?

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; the Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. She is co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat. Connect here:


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5 Responses to 5 Ways to Destroy a Writing Career

  1. Great advice! Thank you!

  2. Cancer did not wreck my career;
    in fact, it made me stronger
    to let me write about what’s dear,
    but no prose, not any longer.
    I’ve taken the Bard’s sonnet-style
    for discipline and drive
    to choose my words, and compile
    them to make faith come alive.
    Often I write turth that’s hard
    but sometimes, what the heck
    I’ll turn from these days ill-starred
    and write a poem ’bout Shrek.
    Never thought I’d meet the fate
    of becoming a professional PO-8.

  3. Well, I invented a new word.

    ‘turth’ – noun, honest words from a turtle

    You’re welcome.

  4. Great message. I have a note on my computer desk that says “Pray first”. 🙂

  5. What a good reminder. Thank you.