Reasons for NOT Writing… #12 : “Everyone will hate it!”

Reason #12 : “Everyone will hate it!” “This is not a book that should be tossed lightly aside. It should be hurled with great force.” — Dorothy Parker   So…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #11: “It’s still not perfect.”

    PART 3 LETTING GO “Writing is a mug’s game. It’s insanely competitive, appallingly paid, and the only good news about the terrible pay is that the job is…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #10 : “I need to make some changes.”

Reason #10 : “I need to make some changes.” “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #9 : “I’ve got writer’s block.”

Reason #9 : “I’ve got writer’s block.” “There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” — Terry Pratchett   Writer’s block…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #8 : “I’ve hit The Wall.”

    PART 2 KEEPING GOING “Next to the defeated politician, the writer is the most vocal and inventive griper on earth. He sees hardship and unfairness wherever he looks….

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #7 : “I can’t get started.”

Reason #7 : “I can’t get started.” It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #6 : “I’m not in the mood.”

Reason #6 : “I’m not in the mood.” “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” — Isabelle Allende   It’s Monday morning,…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #5 : “I’m not qualified.”

Reason #5 : “I’m not qualified.” “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach   Can I let you in on a secret? My knowledge of…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #4 : “I need to research this.”

Reason #4 : “I need to research this.” “Every writer I know has trouble writing.” — Joseph Heller   The need for research is a doozy of an excuse for…

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Reasons for NOT Writing… #3 : “My mind’s a blank.”

Reason #3 : “My mind’s a blank.” “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London   Perhaps the most common question…

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