How to Make Every Story Better Than the Last

Plenty of writers get to a publishable level of writing, and their books become all the same, and more of the same. "If what I'm writing now is selling, why change anything?" they ask, and it's all to easy to look at their financial success and say, "Yes, why?" They're coasting, spinning their wheels and not going anywhere - yet because their books keep selling, they have no financial impetus to keep pushing themselves or making their work better.

And you're saying, "I should have such a problem."

But if there's no challenge in your work, why bother getting out of bed in the morning? If you've already done the best thing you're ever going to do, what do you have to live for? If you aren't changing . . . you're dead.

I stop buying books by writers who haven't learned anything new in the last five years. If they haven't gotten anything new out of their lives to put into their books, I might as well re-read the last book they wrote that mattered to them.

I want to read better books. And I want to write better books. And this is the way I challenge myself to make each of my books better than the one before. Maybe you'll find something here that will keep you fresh and help you love your writing long after those who never wanted to change have stagnated, or fossilized.

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