How To Avoid Writing Disasters

7 THINGS THAT WILL DOOM YOUR NOVEL (& HOW TO AVOID THEM)

There are a lot of ways not to do something.

Like the new boat owner a few years ago who was filling up his pleasure craft with fuel for that first time out. Only he mistook the tube meant to hold fishing poles for the gas tank. After completing his work he started up the engine.

The gas fumes ignited and blew the boat owner into the sky. He came down in the drink and was rescued, but the boat was a goner.

You can be just as creative in finding ways not to write your novel. With a little thought and not much effort, you can easily devise methods to prevent yourself from actually finishing a book—or finishing a book that has a chance to sell.

So if not finishing or not selling are your goals, I’m here to help you with the following seven tips:

1. Wait for inspiration.

2. Look over your shoulder.

3. Ignore the craft.

4. Keep a chip on your shoulder.

5. Write for the market only.

6. Take as many shortcuts as possible.

7. Quit

For the complete article, visit Writers Digest at http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/7-things-that-will-doom-your-novel-how-to-avoid-them?et_mid=560336&rid=232481818

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