The One Thing That Can Kill A Writing Career

Day 20 Wordcount: 4235 (Glint of a Ruin, Short Story #6)

If all goes well, Story #6 will be finished tomorrow. It would be a nice accomplishment for the weekend. Meanwhile, the Muse is getting anxious to work on a longer work again. Uhoh. Someone pen up the ninja plot bunnies! I don’t want to get bit again!

Now, on to the fear (new) writers have about mistakes. How any mistake can kill a writing career.

The Myth: If I do “this or that,” I will kill my career.

Dean Wesley Smith took on this myth in his latest addition to his “Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing” series. It’s called “Killing A Career”.

Dean goes through many of the biggest, destroying them each in turn. It’s all about fear and not seeing the fear for what it is. People wrap up the ‘fear’ in so many pretty packages of external excuses that they forget what is inside. Making business decisions based on fear? That’s a disaster waiting to happen. Until writers deal with the fear that is inside, they won’t be able to move forward.

And then he ends with the only way to truly kill a writing career. And what is it? It’s simple. Really simple, and yet true:

There is only one way for a writer to kill a career: Stop writing.

Oh yeah.

There are so many good points in this post. Go read it yourself and see what I mean. And then go write some more!


The challenge in question is the Forward Motion May “Story-A- Day” challenge. See my previous post about the rules. The goal is to achieve the 10 short story level.

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The One Thing That Can Kill A Writing Career

2 thoughts on “The One Thing That Can Kill A Writing Career”

  1. Guess what, I hadn’t even scheduled today for writing but by a lucky coincidence, all my kids were gone this afternoon. Since I had a brilliant idea for a short story yesterday, I sat down and wrote — 2641 words in one sitting. I’m terribly tired but also very happy with the story. Good luck with your progress.


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