Throwing The Game – 5 Areas Writers Need To Step Up Their Game

The Olympics is a testament to courage, hard work, and perseverance. But even in the midst of the amazing, there are a few athletes that forgot the whole reason they were there. Check out the following footage:

I’m personally disgusted by the lack of ethics among these athletes. They missed the whole concept of the Olympics.

Then I got to thinking about writers. We may not play on the public stage of Olympic News Coverage, but we do sometimes throw the game by not putting out our best.

5 Areas Writers Need To Step Up Their Game:

1. Keep Training. There is never a time when we have arrived, but it sure is easy to get lazy about continuing to grow. Coasting along with the ‘good enough’ mentality is one way of throwing the game. Being less than your personal best.

2. Keep Deadlines. If you promise something, DELIVER. Unless you have a major family crisis. On the flip side, don’t make promises you can’t keep.

3. Writing Discipline. Writers don’t have a boss sitting at their house telling them to get to work. We have to find that drive and determination ourselves. Be faithful to your writing time.

4. Avoid Undercutting The Success Of Others To Get Ahead. Hoarding information, opportunities, and failing to give credit where it is due is not the attitude of an Olympic Writer. As much as writing is a solitary profession, we need each other.

5. Be A Leader. Don’t follow blindly after those that make poor decisions or have a negative attitude towards others. Step up and stand out in the crowd with integrity.

What are some areas where you think writers need to step up their game?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “Throwing The Game – 5 Areas Writers Need To Step Up Their Game

  1. Lisa Jordan says:

    Hehe, be a leader…I say that daily to my Little Darlings regarding their choices and behaviors.

    Good post with wonderful suggestions, Michelle.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks Lisa, It sure is helpful to start when they are young.

  3. Goodness, I left a comment earlier, but the cyber world ate it. lol
    This is really a timely post, Michelle. I’ve heard agents say they don’t receive 75% of the proposals that they request, so I figure that 75% has trouble on follow through. Some writers seem to have a hard time getting past those first 3 chapters. (me for one right now! lol)

  4. Michelle Lim says:

    Wow, surprising statistic, Pat! It is hard sometimes to move forward. Motivation doesn’t come out of thin air…that is for sure.

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