Writing Advice

The five deadly writing sins

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We’ve all had days where we feel down. And that is part of being human. But this site is all about helping and empowering you to be the best person and writer you can be. So, I’ve compiled a list of five sins every writer must avoid to stay on track and make sure they’re always maintaining a positive outlook: both in life and in their writing. Here we go…

Sin #1: Procrastination: Yes, this is one of the sins that creeps up when you least expect it. Often disguised as “Writer’s block.” Seriously, I don’t believe in writers block. You either want to write or you don’t. But let’s say you don’t feel like writing. Then what do you do?

You change gears. You find something else to do that’s positive. Walk a dog. Take up Ballroom dancing. Anything to get you out of your rut. Otherwise you might just be sitting and sulking, and, killing precious time that otherwise could jumpstart you back to the world of wordsmithing.

Sin #2: Anger: Now why would you want to be angry? Ok so your dog pooped on the leather seat of your Bentley. No sweat. Or maybe your girlfriend dumped you because your feet stink like rotten cheese. Still, that’s no reason to go through life angry. Anger is a self-destructive energy that destroys creative thought.

If you can’t get over your anger, find someone you trust and talk to them. Or better yet go see a psychiatrist, if you can’t afford one then look for volunteer hotlines, there is always someone out there who can help ease your pain. Trust me I’ve been there.

Sin # 3:Addiction: Yes. Even the greatest writers out there suffered from addiction, whether it be alcohol or drugs. The list is too long to post here but I’m sure a few names come to mind.

Drugs, Alcohol, and even,excessive sex or pornography, yes, I’m not kidding; can drain you and leave you as dry as a desert. If you feel you suffer from one of these or some other addiction, please seek help. Everyone has their vices, and its nothing to be ashamed of. We’re all human, and that means we’re not perfect. Just find a way, if you truly care about yourself and your writing, you will. I believe in you!!!

Sin #4 Envy: This one is the silent destroyer of creativity. When you’re focused on someone else’s life or success it can drain you just like addiction.

Who cares if some other writer is worth $500 million? How is that going to help you and your writing? You need to focus on yourself and your own goals. This was once my biggest problem. Now I could care less if someone’s got fifty Ferraris lined up in their driveway. Besides, you can’t drive all fifty Ferraris at once…can you?

Sin #5: Hate: Perhaps the worst of the five deadly sins a writer can indulge in. Hate is gateway to evil and the shadow life. The life that distracts you from your main purpose as a human and a writer. Once you start feeling this deadly emotion not only to you descend into a realm of negativity which can drown you. It’s like taking no steps forward and ten steps back. Hate destroys not only creativity, but your soul as well. And how can you expect to get a single word down when you have no soul.

So there you have it. The five deadly writing sins. It’s up to you to decide how you want to deal with these fiends. But deal with them you must if you are to ascend to writing bliss. Always remember that there is help and no matter where you live, there are caring people out there who can help you get back on track.

I believe in you!

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