Friday, August 28, 2009

guest blog: quit writing

Today’s post is courtesy of Jude Hardin, who blogs at, where this post originated in February 2009. I loved it and wanted to share it with you here. Jude is a hard working writer, keeping the dream alive, and he has some truly outstanding posts on his blog, guest interviews, etc. Be sure to check it out after you read this teaser. Thanks to Jude for contributing!

Top Ten Reasons to Quit Writing
By Jude Hardin

10. The odds of landing a book deal right now are about the same as winning the lottery and being struck by lightning on the same day.

9. Even if you do manage to get a book deal, you can make more money bagging groceries.

8. Blank, white, rectangular thingies with the number 1 in the top right corner make you want to puke.

7. You could never write anything as good as {insert name of favorite author here}, so why even bother?

6. If you add one more rejection letter to the pile, the Earth might actually tilt on its axis.

5. There’s this abstract concept you vaguely remember called “a life,” and you’re starting to think you might need to get one.

4. You’re so preoccupied sometimes, complete strangers tap you on the shoulder and say, “Are you all right?”

3. You plan to make whoever was responsible for getting your order wrong at Hardee’s drive-thru yesterday a victim in your next mystery.

2. You have erotic dreams about the sales clerk at Staples.

And the number one reason to quit writing is...

Screw it. I'm not even going to waste my time posting the number one reason. If you’re really a writer, you’ll just ignore it anyway.

Thanks, Jude! Readers, be sure to visit Jude’s blog and share your feedback with him here or there.

On Monday, we’ll be returning to our usual blog schedule as my life returns to normal (kind of). I wish to send out a BIG thanks to Kiersten White, Erica Orloff, and Jude Hardin for filling in the cracks during this extra busy month for me. It’s been great to share some additional voices in here, and I hope you have all enjoyed the guest blogs.

Until Monday…. Happy reading!


  1. Ummmmm.... that was pretty funny. Sad but true?!?!? :O)

  2. You kick-started my writing day! Thanks.

  3. Ha! And hmmmm. And, wow someone else thinks that Stapes is a great date place!