5 Ways to Destroy a Writing Career

by DiAnn Mills

Writers daily receive blog posts that offer advice to build their careers. The publishing world has many sides, and each facet needs attention.

We read—

  1. How to be successful
  2. How to sell more books
  3. How to strengthen characterization or content
  4. How to research and interview
  5. How to increase exposure through social media
  6. How to find and reach targeted readers
  7. How to write a synopsis
  8. How to develop a proposal
  9. How to network with other writers

And the list goes on. We are thrilled to have the valuable information at our fingertips, and we establish time to read and study the content.

Have we considered the five ways to destroy a writing career?

#1 A writer decides he/she has taken enough instruction on the craft and knows all there is about writing.

Stop for a moment before following through with this career-killer. We never stop learning. When we do, we stagnate and die. This is not only true for our writing life but also for every breath we take.

Decide now to spend quality time every day growing in every facet of the publishing world.

 #2 A writer chooses to eliminate social media. It’s just a fad and learning to keep up with it is a pain.

 Stop and listen to reason about social media. We live in an age of worldwide communication. The best and most consistent way of reaching out to others is through a social media platform. Successful writers understand social media is about building relationships and helping readers with their lives by offering our expertise. Our platforms brand us as real, caring people.

Choose now to explore the platforms where your readers hang out. Engage with people and create lasting friendships.

 #3 A writer eliminates prayer about his/her writing. God doesn’t care about sales, and there’s no need to consult Him.

 Giving God just a portion of our lives means we aren’t embracing the God of the universe. The moment we pick and choose the areas of God’s jurisdiction is the moment we fall into a well of disbelief.

Eliminate doubt in the God who is faithful even when we are not. Our relationship with Him is more important than any accolades the world can offer.

 #4 A writer neglects to take care of his/her body. Exercise is a pain, and proper nutrition is for health fanatics.

 Varying reasons exist why people abandon sound nutritional practices and keeping their bodies in shape. Medical stats prove those who choose an unhealthy diet and don’t exercise are more likely to contract life-altering diseases.

We can’t neglect our health. We need to champion our body. It’s vital for proper body and brain function.

 #5 A writer won’t help a serious writer who is willing to do the work but needs guidance and encouragement.

 We were all once beginners, searching for tools and guidance. We made mistakes, learned from them, and resolved to become better writers.

If a writer refuses to help a struggling writer, what will happen to the next generation of quality prose?

What is a word of encouragement you can give a struggling writer?


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspiraional Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

Connect with DiAnn here: www.diannmills.com


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8 thoughts on “5 Ways to Destroy a Writing Career”

  1. Number 3 is the most important, but number 4 resonates with me. I have a list of medical conditions that could kill me tonight longer than your arm, and here I am not just chugging away, but enjoying my best year ever at age 70! Good nutrition and sufficient exercise is vital, even for old cripples like yours truly. Thank you for the reminder!

  2. Diann:

    While your target audience is Christian writers, you automatically turn off writers who are not Christian or simply have a more spiritual belief of the greater power that emanates our existence. If you just said to have faith in yourself and intuition, and confidence in the process, it would almost be like saying the same thing without mentioning “God.”

    It is an immediate turn-off for someone like myself, who has a more Buddhist concept of spirituality.

  3. Hi Tom,

    The whole point of our faith in God is to reflect His light in this world. To not mention the person who imbues us with His power and all kinds of gifts of love, peace, joy, kindness, mercy, self-control, patience, goodness, and faithfulness would be as wrong as stealing or lying.

    We don’t set out to offend you, Tom, but our first loyalty is to God the Creator.

    1. It’s not offensive. It’s just that I don’t have a similar belief system, so by interjecting yours, you are excluding mine. This is a problem that I see with many “Christians” who in doing this are violating the Golden Rule, the main principle not only of Christianity but all religions.

      1. Tom, the problem is that Buddha didn’t claim to be a god. He was just a man that wanted to share his wisdom. He died and was buried and his words continued after him. Jesus, on the other hand, is the Son of God. He died and rose and lives. We know this to be true because of the eye witnesses to the fact that were never contradicted. Salvation through Jesus is much more than mere extinction and release from the reincarnation cycle.

        There is the fundamental difference between Christianity and Buddhism. Salvation through Jesus is abundant life. I choose life over extinction. Therefore, interjecting our beliefs on our company’s blog is a natural flow as we reflect God’s light in this world.

    2. Indeed, Tom and Gina.
      Some of our books are overtly about G-D and some more covertly. However, to think we should be concerned we might offend readers by hiding our inspiration is an offence to the one who gives us the inspiration.
      In this age of offence, where people are too often critical of one another, I for one do not apologise for what I believe and know from personal experience. There is beauty throughout the universe and people have different beliefs as to where that beauty originates. But I who believe in one Creator, while I do not seek to offend, nor will I pretend.
      Bless you both.

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