Fiction writers work hard to develop the craft and learn the techniques for a successful career. Only writers understand the unexplainable high of seeing a manuscript in print.

Some people want to be called writers, but they can’t bring themselves to do the work. Take a look at the following 12 types of writers and eliminate any that may be hindering your career.


  1. Pacifier Writer

A pacifier is used to keep a baby from crying. In the instance of a writer, it’s whining about the publishing industry instead of writing a better manuscript.

A humble writer learns the craft, develops a sense of the market, and is enthusiastic about edits.


  1. Paint Writer

Illusions can destroy a writing career. Don’t fall into this hole: “My mom says I’m the best writer in the state. I don’t need a critique.” If a writer wants realistic feedback, she should ask someone who can give the positive and the not-so-positive.


  1. Passionless Writer

If a writer’s passion is not for her story idea, then the reader won’t be excited about the project.


  1. Peacock Writer

Ouch. Pride stops us from success. It also brands us as unteachable. A humble writer learns the craft, develops a sense of the market, and is enthusiastic about edits.


  1. Peanut Writer

George Washington Carver discovered 325 uses for the peanut. A peanut writer is one who writes everything from T-shirt sayings to theology books. We all have varied interests, and that’s commendable, but find your writing niche and stick with it.


  1. Perspiration-less Writer

If you’re a writer who doesn’t want to drip over your manuscript, then you’re not writing a quality story. Writing is a contact sport: your mind engaged with your heart and fingers. Sweat. It’s good for the soul.


  1. Pickle Writer

A weak writer is afraid to write herself into a pickle. She doesn’t want the challenge of discovery, research, or unpredictable happenings.


  1. Plumber Writer

A plumber writer flushes her work down the toilet and never seeks publication. Need I say more? Find your confidence and reach your goals.


  1. Plywood Writer

Plywood is flexible, inexpensive, easy to work with, and reusable. But it’s very hard to bend perpendicular to the grain. A plywood writer is one who refuses to change with the industry. In short, a plywood writer insists upon writing her own way.

A writer always learns in the creative process.


  1. Popcorn Writer

A popcorn writer jumps from one frying pan to another. She submits, is rejected, and submits again without looking at the manuscript for ways to improve it.


  1. Potato Writer

Some writers don’t want to write for free. It’s beneath them. Small potatoes grow into big ones, and those nonpaying manuscripts build your resume. A writer always learns in the creative process.


  1. Piranha Writer

A piranha writer likes to swim through swift waters with published writers, but she has one excuse after another not to work. She never makes a deadline—even self-imposed ones. A piranha writer set herself up to be devoured by the sharks who are swimming upstream.


If you’ve discovered a characteristic that slides you into the unpublished zone, now’s the time to change bad habits and begin the next bestseller. A writer’s goal is to wear Professional with a capital P.

How are you working toward professionalism?


Meet the Author

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

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