RRBC Spotlight for John W Howell

This is the last stop on the tour and I would like to take the time to thank the Rave Reviews Book Club Officers for selecting me for this honor. It has been a lot of fun to connect with a number of very fine writers who belong to the club. I am firmly convinced there are no finer people on Earth than those who share the agonies and ecstasies that come with writing. I invite everyone reading this post to investigate the benefits available to you through membership. Here is the link http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/ go see for yourself the potential benefits available to you.

I would like to give encouragement to those of you who are struggling to finish a manuscript or story and don’t feel you will be able to do it. I know there are some because every author I talk to have the same problem now and then. The problem with being a writer is we have to work alone and at times that situation becomes overwhelming. We would like to involve others in our situation but find not too many people can empathize with what you are going through as a writer. So here are ten things not to do if you are a writer. I hope you can identify with one or more of these and they are helpful overcoming the urge to do one of these things.

Ten Things Not to Do If You Are a Writer

10 If you are a writer, do not think you need to take a break from writing. If you do, at best you will forget where you were. At worst, you will never come back to the story since it is now no longer interesting

9 If you are a writer, do not think others will empathize with your feelings of despair. If you do, at best you will be disappointed. At worst, you will see people running in the opposite direction when they see you coming.

8 If you are a writer, do not show anyone your work until it is done. If you do, at best you’ll get a few pointers you can ignore. At worst, you will become so discouraged by the ‘expert” you will walk away from your project.

7 If you are a writer, do not stop and edit as you work. If you do, at best you will use energy that is needed for the story. At worst, you will become hopelessly bogged down in perfecting a manuscript that will never be perfect.

6 If you are a writer, do not allow so-called “writer’s block” to grip you. If you do, at best you might be able to shake it off with some other activity. At worst, you will realize your block is terminal since it is an excuse to stop the creative pain and give up.

5 If you are a writer, do not look at sales numbers as a gage of success. If you do, at best the numbers will always need improvement. At worst, the numbers will convince you to finally stop the writing nonsense and go back to flipping burgers.

4 If you are a writer, do not think the publishing world is on swift feet. If you do, at best you will frustrate yourself with how slowly things move. At worst, you might make some precipitous moves that will in the end reflect poorly on you as a writer or business person.

3 If you are a writer, do not avoid exercise no matter how many deadlines you have set for yourself. If you do, at best you will probably see your body lose the ability to withstand the everyday pressure of writing. At worst, all those carbs and sweets you take for self-medication will come back to haunt you on wider and softer places.

2 If you are a writer, do not think there are magic solutions to all your problems in writing. If you do, At best you will spend too much on “Miracle solutions” to sale, editing and publishing problems. At worst you will keep repeating mistakes over and over with the same poor results (Einstein’s definition of insanity)

1 If you are a writer, do not think you are alone. If you do, at best you will continue to believe your problems are unique and be miserable. At worst, you may come to the conclusion that this life is not worth the trouble and give up robbing the world of the next million sellers.

Loved the tour and thank you again all those wonderful hosts.

My GRL_johnwhowellMy GRL can be found:

US – http://www.amazon.com/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Canada – http://www.amazon.ca/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406542498&sr=1-2

UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-W.-Howell/e/B00HMRWO6C

Australia –   http://www.amazon.com.au/My-GRL-John-W-Howell-ebook/dp/B00HV3QECW/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406542498&sr=1-2

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-grl-john-w-howell/1118199518?ean=9781625530592

iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/my-grl/id803503649?mt=11

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/my-grl

Martin Sisters Publishing http://www.martinsisterspublishing.com

Photo by Tim BurdickI can be reached:

Web: http://www.johnwhowell.com

E-mail: Johnhowell.wave@gmail.com



  1. Thank you for the helpful writing tips, John! I think all of us have experienced all of them at one time… I know I sure have! Great advice… I appreciate it! I hope your book does really well – I can’t wait to dive into it! Thanks for hosting my friend, Loren!

  2. John, that was a great post. I love your “10 things” lists. I hope you had a wonderful time on your Spotlight tour. *Hugs*
    Loren, thanks for hosting John on his last day. You’re so supportive of everyone!

  3. This is a post that it is definitely worthwhile coming back to when those moments of frustration set in. Great tips. I’m in a critique group, so I’d probably modify #8 to say “Don’t rewrite your work to include all the suggestions people make. Remain true to yourself and use only what will make your story better.”

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