25 Things Chuck Lists That Writers Must Stop Doing

One warning, if you have a fragile constitution you might find some of the language a little over the top. I confess I didn’t, but that might tell you something about me.

The 25 things Chuck lists that writers must stop doing (these are his words) are:

  1. Stop running away
  2. Stop stopping
  3. Stop writing in someone else’s voice
  4. Stop worrying
  5. Stop hurrying
  6. Stop waiting
  7. Stop thinking it should be easier
  8. Stop deprioritizing your wordsmithy
  9. Stop treating your body like a dumpster
  10. Stop the moping and the whining
  11. Stop blaming everyone else
  12. Stop the shame
  13. Stop lamenting your mistakes
  14. Stop playing it safe
  15. Stop trying to control s>>**t you can’t control
  16. Stop doing one thing
  17. Stop writing for “the market”
  18. Stop chasing trends
  19. Stop caring about what other writers are doing
  20. Stop caring so much about the publishing industry
  21. Stop listening to what “won’t” sell
  22. Stop overpromising and overshooting
  23. Stop leaving yourself off the page
  24. Stop dreaming
  25. Stop being afraid – Let this be YOUR year

Chuck has a short paragraph for each of these points. I’ll let you read them on his site. He does a good job of elaborating. In this time of resolutions and self-awareness, I’m going to read Chuck’s list again and then think of what it might mean for my writing.

May your New Year be fruitful in all the ways you wish it to be.

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