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Writers: NEVER Settle

It’s easy for people to settle. I’ve settled, and I’m willing to bet you’ve settled at some point or another.

Maybe you’ve written an article and you were rushed, so you didn’t double check it or didn’t have someone proof read it. So when the messages came back that it could have been better you felt hurt, not because they were wrong, but because you settled…

I wrote on another blog for years, churning out articles day after day, week after week, hoping to get noticed, to attract readers, but although those years were not wasted, I didn’t accomplish what I had hoped. I kept at it, passing up opportunity after opportunity to learn from those who went before me, convinced “it” would happen for me.

I didn’t realize it then, but I had settled.

If you’re a blogger or an aspiring author, or maybe you’ve published and didn’t reach as many readers as you had hoped, please, whatever you do, don’t settle. No. Don’t do that.

Settling is a death knell. It’s worse than just plain giving up. At least, with giving up you know where you stand. With settling you’re hoping for something that will likely never come, but you stay adrift waiting.

Never settle.

It will kill all of your work and efforts.

Learn what you have to learn, go where you need to go, talk with who you need to talk with, see what you need to see, fly to where you need to fly, write what you need to write, go as high as you need to go, and never, never, never settle for less than you, your work, your writing, your art and your life are worth.

Never settle. Ever.

Hope is wonderful, rebellions are based on hope, but you have to do specific somethings to move forward or else you’re just settling. But what? What should you do? That was my dilemma.

After years of fruitless trial and error, I decided to learn from those who had gone before me and were making things happen. What I learned enabled me to take actionable steps to get where I wanted to go with my writing and make a little money from it, too.

Taking action, change, learning, whatever you do doesn’t always have to be something dramatic. Learning a new thing or two can make all the difference.

I went from 300 monthly readers to 200,000 monthly readers, from obscurity to being awarded as one of Writer’s Digest best writing websites in 2016, to writing and publishing a book that didn’t just become a bestseller but is now part of writing conversations everywhere, “Writer’s Doubt.”

This isn’t to boast. No. It’s to show what happens when you stop settling.

If you’re a writer or blogger and feel stuck, or that you’re not advancing like you should, or you just want to increase your reach and publish a book to a wider audience, do yourself a favor and learn from those who have gone before you.

Instinctively, you know what you need. Whatever it is, don’t settle. Don’t stay where you are hoping for it to happen. Learn what you need to learn, do what you need to do, go where you need to go… take the leap, jump!

Whatever it is. Do it!

We’ve already got enough mediocrity in the world.

Never let someone limit you, and most importantly, never limit yourself.

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Settling leads to regret. Your words, your spirit, all of your work, and your ever burning creativity deserve so much better. YOU deserve better!

Wouldn’t you agree?

So, what’s your next step? I’d love to know. Go for it!

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Like a good friend, Bryan guides you through the process of facing your inner demons, conquering the craft, and creating work that matters. ―Jeff Goins

  • Billie L Wade

    Hi Bryan,

    I was struck by your dictum to “do what you need to do.” I have studied my craft almost ad nauseum. I am now taking definitive steps to write my novel, write the short stories, and write the essays, and trust myself to put my writing out there. I will never publish anything as long as I remain in the tight shells of fear and doubt. Thank you for your encouraging posts.

    • One step in front of the other, Billie. It helps me when I pick one thing to start and finish, because when I work on too many things at the same time I tend to get overwhelmed and lost in it all.

      • Billie L Wade

        Thank you for the reminder. When I try to do too much, my to-do list is cluttered and I either freeze or distract myself.

  • 4 Season’s Farm

    Hi Bryan,
    I am in the process of clearing out a “writing space” for myself, so I can begin to write consistently at the same time everyday. I will continue to blog as I work on my first book, which I have already started. I am excited about the progress I am making, even though the steps are small. Thanks again for this post.

  • Michelle Chadburn

    I believe human nature tends to dictate that no time is ” the perfect” time to do what we want for ourselves, as their is always seems to be other factors that pull us away from our own selfish ( in our own minds) needs…having said that, the pull is so great for me to write something, anything, that I have decided to be organized and emotionally strong enough not to feel I need to be their for everyone else…my kids are adults so really this is mainly about my husband :)))

  • Although I don’t have everything in place just as I’d like, I still went to attend a conference I’d signed up for and will be speaking at two more conferences this month. I’m using this to push me into doing more writing and have already established my schedule to make sure I follow through. Thanks so much for the post and the question. Pushing ourselves past the discomfort is so often the biggest and most important step we need to take.

    • I agree, Wendy, pushing past the discomfort is the most challenging part, but it is also the most important!

  • samcarter44

    I’m almost done with the school year for my son (We homeschool.), and I plan on writing out my schedule where I can see it so I will devote plenty of time to writing during the summer. I’ve been consistent with my blog this year https://alisarussell.wordpress.com/, but want to take that one step further this summer and start working on a book that’s been gnawing on my brain. Thanks for your post, Bryan!

  • Yes, I’ve settled for too long. Really. Following wrong advice is crippling. Beginning to wake up. 🙂

  • Hey, Bryan!
    i’d have to admit, I’ve been guilty of this before and it’s unfair to myself. I despised myself after hitting publish or send when I know I didn’t give my best for an article. i pitied the mediocre article because I wasn’t able to give it its full potential.
    Heck, I didn’t allow myself to unleash *MY* full writing potential.
    While I can’t continue getting angry about the past, I’ve learned from it. Whenever I feel like rushing again, I take a break to walk around or have a snack. Then get back to work.
    Sometimes all we need is a break then resume. 🙂

  • Jane Rucker

    Thanks for sharing, Bryan! Great post. Yes, I have settled at times and it is never a good thing! This post serves as a reminder to stay focused and go for my best!