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6 Words Every Writer Should Avoid

Today’s guest post is by author R. J. Thesman

As a writing coach, I often hear clients utter specific reasons for not being able to write. These particular reasons, focused around six words, keep writers stuck behind emotional blocks. So to move toward our writing goals, it is important to avoid using these six words as excuses.

What If

The first two words “What if?” represent a question based on fear.

“What if I get a contract and I can’t meet the deadline?”

“What if I get rejected?”

“What if I have only one book in me?”

Some of the ways to fight against “What if” is to beat it back with the truth. Every writer will at some point be rejected because rejection is a given in this type of creative pursuit. But we can learn from our failures, study good writing, and become stronger writers. Continue Reading…