No. Not really.
Just pretend like there’s a gun next to your head when you write.
Pretend like what you are writing is a matter of life or death. If you get it right, you live. If you get it wrong, you die.
That sense of urgency and desperation is a good thing. You’ll tend to risk more when you are “under the gun,” so to speak.
And when you risk more, you’re more than likely to uncover a creative breakthrough or killer sales message in the process.
Or when his life depends upon it.
In a way, it does. That is, if you truly want to make a dent in the universe with your writing.
Writers aren’t remembered for falling in line with the status quo. They’re not given raises or rewarded with sweet projects by protecting their neck.
The only time you’ll eat out of the hand of adulation and make a dent in the universe is when you write something like it could be your last.
Part of The 100 Best Ways to Becoming a Better Writer series.