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Stagnation Kills A Writer

22 Jul

003Welcome back my friends and Happy Monday!  I know, Mondays are not our favorite days but hey, it beats pushing up daisies, so Happy Monday!

Today we talk about the growth of you as a writer.  Check out the quote and then we’ll chat a bit.


The joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.
Aleister Crowley

“To stop means simply to die.”  Heavy words for sure, but how do they apply to your writing career?

I have harped and I have harped on expanding your writing abilities and continually building your writer’s platform.  I am about to harp some more.

We will begin with the assumption that you all have some game with regards to writing.  You all can write an intelligent sentence and you all have the ability to use grammar and construct a paragraph that would make Sister Mary Yardstick proud….but what’s next?  What is the next step you need to take?

This is a competitive business my friends, and if you ain’t growing you ain’t going anywhere.  Everyone wants instant success but few are willing to put in the time and effort to attain success.  Writers sign up for HubPages and then wonder why they aren’t earning passive income after three months.  Writers submit articles that they wrote ten years ago and wonder why magazine editors don’t get back to them singing their praises.  Writers churn out recipes or how-to articles in a matter of a couple hours and wonder why nobody is reading them.

There are no short cuts in the writing game.  You either improve and grow or you stagnate and slip into obscurity.  How’s that for blunt?


Constantly look for ways to become a better writer.  Take a sentence at random and ask yourselves how you can re-write that sentence so it is better.  Go back and look at one of your old articles and ask yourselves how you can improve it.  Step out of your comfort zone and attempt a new genre of writing.  Do something each and every day to expand your abilities and give yourselves a better chance at success.


I gave you this on Friday and I’m giving it to you again.  This is a great monthly competition that is free to enter, and if you win it will look great on your resume/platform.  Freestyle is the site and you can find it here.  Do yourselves a favor and check it out.


What would make you a better writer?  Serious question and one each of you should be asking yourselves.



Let your imagination roam free…..what do you think of when you see this picture?


I keep making this offer and so far only one person has expressed an interest in it.  I am inviting you to guest blog for the day here or on my other blog, A Moment With Bill.  Just send me an email with your blog to and I’ll give you a byline and a moment of cheap fame. J  The more you expand your audience the more your platform grows.


You know me by now, so you know I’m serious when I say I want you all to succeed, but success comes with a price.  Pay the price of just be a diary writer the rest of your life.  I respect diary writers for they are writing for the pure joy of writing….but….if you actually want to find financial success in writing, then you have to step up to the plate and take your practice swings.

I’ll see you all tomorrow. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”