Diversify but Don’t Water Down Your Quality

16 Jul

003If today is Wednesday, and it is, then it must be time for another installment of my blog, so let’s get to it.


The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.

Daniel Gilbert
So, what does variety have to do with writing?


I have written before about adding variety to your approach of writing. In other words, writing for passive income, submitting work to magazines, publishing ebooks, doing a blog, etc…..but…..

Variety becomes a hindrance, in my humble opinion, when a writer does a mediocre job at all of the various writing endeavors.  I’ve seen this before, where a new writer, all excited about kickstarting their career, will throw together a blog in a hurry, whip out ten articles, in a hurry, and toss together an ebook, in a hurry, and then sit back and wonder why they aren’t making any money.

Anything you do as a writer reflects on you as a writer.  That is not a riddle or a play on words.  Your work is who you are as a writer, and shoddy work reflects poorly on you.

It’s fine to diversify and spread your efforts around the writing world, but make sure you aren’t spreading your talents too thin.  The most important thing writers have going for themselves is the quality of their work. If you neglect quality you are cutting your own throat.


Do one thing and do it well before you move on to another stage in your writing career.



What do you see? What does it remind you of?


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I would love to chat longer, but my new character, Eli Baker, is calling me.  He’s stuck in a murder investigation and doesn’t know where to go without my help.

Have a great day of writing, but then, honestly, any day of writing is a great day, right?book cover


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

11 Responses to “Diversify but Don’t Water Down Your Quality”

  1. Janine Huldie July 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Wow, I just couldn’t agree more and have learned this lesson myself well. That is why I now have a bit of a better schedule for myself and try very hard to not put too much on my shoulders at one given time. So truly wonderful advice, Bill and thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Wednesday now 🙂

    • Billybuc July 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Thanks Janine. I certainly helps to hear from someone like you, who have made mistakes, tried different things, and finally found a winning combination.

  2. Heidi Thorne (@heidithorne) July 16, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    This is soooooo true! I’ve found that then I try to cover too many topics or markets, I’m always behind the 8-ball, trying to keep up. Plus, narrowing your focus grows your reputation as an expert in that niche. You knew I’d agree with you, right?

    • Billybuc July 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Heidi, I was counting on you agreeing. LOL Thanks for your input. I always feel better knowing you and I are thinking the same way. 🙂

  3. Ruchira Khanna July 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I agree with ya, Bill

    quality pays off in the end so, gotta be patient and keep rowing one’s boat at the same speed…lol
    Such analogies help me stay grounded, thus the above.

    Happy Hump day!

    • Billybuc July 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Ruchira, you are the queen of analogies and mantras, and I thank you.

  4. Shauna L Bowling July 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Your last paragraph gave me a chuckle, Bill. But then you’re good for bringing a smile to my face. Just wanted to check in. I’ve got a 5 article travel assignment this week and have two to go. So I gotta go! Enjoy your day. It’s been raining all day here.

    • Billybuc July 16, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Sha, I’m about to go visit Eli right now and help him out. Stay dry…I heard it was thundering and pouring there…perfectly lovely here. 🙂

  5. 1authorcygnetbrown July 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    I have a new character too, Bill! She’s a novelist who gets in trouble for writing too close to the truth! I don’t know here name yet, but she promises some exciting days ahead!

  6. Christy Birmingham July 17, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    So true, Bill! I have tried to do about 10 things in a day that range from creating a blog post to writing an e-book chapter and we simply can’t do it all (at least not in a hurry). It takes time and patience, as well as having passion for what we do. Thank-you for the good advice, my friend (PS excited for September to see you)

    • Billybuc July 17, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

      Christy, I think it shows in writers who understand this fact. Quality shines through in their work, as it does in yours, because they will not be hurried into doing poor work. Thank you and yes, for sure, September will be exciting.

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