One of the biggest areas of failure for a lot of writers is failure to grow their craft. I don’t make money as a novelist (and don’t think I could) but my writing is still important. Most writers have at least two things they are contantly fighting against to keep their writing at their highest level. For some its things like leaving out words and then mentally filling them in while editing, for others its keeping the tone and the content where they want. Usually the most insidious ones are the hardest to correct. I know any number of well known writers who repeatedly use the same non ritual phrase to describe things, and it bugs me every single time.
My own war on the written word is against the apostrophe. I’m pretty certain it must have either slept with my wife in a past life, or possibly this is just some subconscious response to the thousands of golden age of SF/F character and place names that looked something like Dl’aAA’rg’N’nxx’Qk’z. I’m not sure, It could just be early onset Alzheimer’s in either case, please don’t blame any of my English teachers, they had enough to do getting me to do the rest right.
So what’s your war on?
P.S. Thanks to exobrains Glynn & Morgen for helping fight the good fight.
P.S.S. I hope you didn’t miss this.