10 Ways to Torture Yourself…


1. Constantly compare yourself to other writers.

2. Tell your family what you do and expect them to cheer you on.

3. Pin the success of your entire career on one project.

4. Expect your first writing project to make millions.

5. Undervalue your talent.

6. Overvalue your talent.

7. Let money dictate what you write.

8. Let the public dictate what you write.

9. Let your family or friends dictate what you write.

10. Set unachievable goals that must be accomplished today.

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5 thoughts on “10 Ways to Torture Yourself…

  1. I have done everything listed above except number 9. It is because my family and friends never actually knew what content writing is.

    Beginners in this field are all too excited. But when their first writing is shunned away by the readers or doesn’t get too much applause, the writer inside breaks up pretty badly.

    • Thanks for your insight. Writing is a tough business. The one thing I’ve found that contributes more to success than anything is perseverance. Keep at it. There’s a saying, “Those that care don’t matter and those that matter don’t care.”.

  2. I’m guilty as charged when it comes to expecting support from my family. Yes, they know I’m good at writing, but if they actually saw the violent things I was capable of jotting down, they’d probably think twice.

    • Better to keep the violent jottings on the page–as opposed to the police blotter. Hit those keys. Then that care don’t matter, them that matter don’t care.
      Dr. John
      Cut two adverbs and call me in the morning

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