I come across a lot of writers who fail in their efforts. Not because they can’t write well. Not because they couldn’t even make a living at writing if they really tried, but because they neglect the gift that is in them. Here are some of the most common reasons for failure.
- Not learning and obeying the rules of writing (and believe me, editors go by the rules)
- Lack of marketing knowledge (Key factor)
- Loss of motivation
- Writing a story before casing the market. Select your publication, study it, and write for it.
- Lack of confidence
- Allowing friends and family to read work (They are usually the worst critics)
- Poor punctuation (Take a punctuation review course)
- Not using the spellchecker
- Sentence structure (using more than three prepositional phrases in a sentence, passive sentences, etc.)
- Telling instead of showing (Probably the #2 reason why most fail)
- Verbiage (wordiness)
- Not investing in a writing education
- Writing is last on the list of priorities
- Poor writing habits (Write at least 15 min. a day)
- Easily bruised by criticism instead of learning from it
- Not attending http://www.creativewritinginstitute.com (Okay… I’m kidding about that one. Well, maybe half kidding.)
If you have a yen to write and you keep turning your back on it, the desire will die a slow and painful death, and you will feel empty the rest of your life. Writers must write. Invest in yourself. Believe in yourself. Few people will believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself.
So turn off the radio. Turn off the boob tube. Turn off the world… and listen to the muse whispering your name on the breeze. Answer it. Fondle it. Embrace it. You’re a writer. Write.
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