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These are not my own original tips. They are obtained from a late night grazing on the internet. These tips belong to Chuck Wendig, author of “500 Ways to be a Better Writer”. He is also a novelist, screenwriter and games design. These tips (minus his voice of some rather aggressive nouns, verbs and adjectives where I would have to use @&$((@*@, are left out by me) come from his blog on his website, Terrible Minds.

Last year, I offered a long list of tips writers wrote in about what they do when they get stuck. So in the same vein (writer’s vein), here are:

SOME THINGS TO STOP DOING IF YOU ARE A WRITER

1. Stop Running Away.
Right here is your story. Your manuscript. Your career. So why run in the other direction? Your writing will never chase you. You have to chase your writing.

2. Stop Stopping.
Momentum is everything. But the only way you can finish something is by not stopping. That story isn’t going to write itself.

3.  Stop Writing in Someone Else’s Voice.
You have a voice. Find your voice. This is going to be a big theme in 2012.
Discover those elements that comprise your voice, that put the author in
our authority. Write in a way that only you can write.

4.  Stop Worrying.
Worry is useless. Your recognize a road block and arrange a path around it. Shut up, calm down, worry, begone.   

5.  Stop Hurrying.
You’re not being judged on how much you write but rather, how well you do it. Quality. Give your stories and your career the time and patience it needs. Put differently: don’t have a freak out, man.

6.  Stop Waiting.
What are you waiting for? Life rewards action, not inertia.

7.  Stop Thinking It Should be Easier.
It’s not going to get any easier, and why should it? And get back to work.

8.  Stop Treating Your Body Like A Dumpster.
The mind is the writer’s best tool. Stop bloating your body with awfulness. Eat well. Exercise.

9. Stop The Moping and The Whining.
Stop boo-hooing. Don’t like something? Fix it or forgive it. And move on to the next thing.

10. Stop Blaming Everyone Else.
You’re going to own your successes, and that means you’re also going to need to own your errors. This career is yours.

11.  Stop the Shame.
  Take the respect. Writers and storytellers help make this world go around. Stories are important.

12.  Stop Playing It Safe.
Let 2012 be the year of the risk. Nobody knows what’s going on in the publishing industry, but we can be sure that what’s going on with authors is that we’re finding new ways to be empowered. Throw open the doors.

13.  Stop Trying to Control — You Can’t Control!
All THAT out there? All the industry mess and the reviews and the Amazonian business practices? The economy? The readers? You can’t control any of that. You can respond to it. You can try to get ahead of it. But you can’t control it. Control what you can, which is your writing and the management of your career.

14.  Stop Doing One Thing.
Diversification is the name of survival for all creatures: Things are changing big in these next few years, from the rise of e-books to the collapse of traditional markets.

15.  Stop Writing for “The Market”.
Writing a novel takes long enough that writing for the market is a doomed mission, a leap into a dark chasm with the hopes that someone will build a bridge there before you fall through empty space.

15.  Stop Chasing Trends.
Set the trends. Do your own thing.

16.  Stop Caring about What Other Writers are Doing.
They are going to do what they are going to do. You’re not them.
You don’t want to be them.

17.  Stop Caring So Much About The Publishing Industry.
Know the Industry, but don’t be overwhelmed by it.

18.  Stop Listening to What Won’t Sell.
You’ll always find someone to tell you what you can’t do. What you shouldn’t do. That’s your job as a writer to prove them wrong.

19.  Stop Overpromising and Overshooting.
Don’t overreach. Concentrate on what you can complete. Temper risk with reality.

20.  Stop Leaving Yourself Off The Page.
You are your stories and your stories are you. Who you are matters. our experiences and feelings and opinions count. Put yourself on every page; a smear of heartsblood. If we cannot connect with our own stories, how can we expect anybody else to find that connection?

21.  Stop Dreaming.
START doing.

22.  Stop Being Afraid.
Fear will kill you dead. Fear is nonsense. What do you think is going to happen. You’re going to be eaten by tigers? Life will afford you lots of reasons to be afraid: bees, kidnappers, terrorism, being chewed apart b an escalator, but being a writing is nothing worthy of fear. It’s worthy of praise and triumph. So shove fear aside.

STEP UP TO THE PLATE. LET THIS BE YOUR YEAR.

 

 

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