|Posted by Val Fox on April 2, 2014 at 10:10 AM|
I'd finish the book BUT my life is so busy I can't find the time.
I'd write more often BUT I have writer's block.
I love to write BUT am afraid I'm not good enough to publish.
Poems are nice BUT I don't know how to write one.
There is a job posting for a technical writer BUT I'm not qualified.
I tried to meet the deadline BUT failed.
I put the story on a memory stick BUT I lost it.
Others can write powerful prose BUT I can't.
I checked in with the editor BUT she didn't answer my call.
I'm sorry BUT I didn't get around to reading the guidelines for submission.
I submitted my work BUT never heard back from the magazine editor.
I wrote a query letter BUT no one read it.
I did my best BUT the editor didn't like the article.
These sentences sound like the kind of excuses I once used to cover my own insecurities as a writer. Learn to recognize when you use the word BUT. Catch yourself and re-frame the sentence to reflect truth rather than BULLSHIT.
Our writing habits improve significantly once we stop using the word
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tags: Writers' excuses; words to avoid; tips for writers; negative self talk