1. Plagiarism - the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work.* This is the one demon I don't worry about, but felt that I couldn't list deadly demons of a writer without at least tossing this ugly beast into the mix.
2. Fear - a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.*
3. Guilt - a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime, wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.*
4. Self Doubt -lack of confidence in the reliability of one's own motives, personality, thought, etc.*
5. Procrastination - to defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost. *
6. Overwhelming - to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything *
7. Quitting - to stop, cease, or discontinue; to stop trying, struggling, or the like; accept or acknowledge defeat.*
8. Self Sabotage - any underhand interference with production, work, etc. *
Over the next week or so I will talk about how these 7 demons affect my writing. Like I said, #1 Demon: Plagiarism is pretty easy to battle; you just avoid it. If you feel it is creeping up on you, keep it bay with something as simple as an asterisk (*) followed by a footnote like this...
*All definitions used above came from Dictionary.com, a service of Ask.com.
It may not be accepted APA or MLA styles of citing material but it tells the reader: this is where I found the info. You can find it there too. In other words, it does the trick.This is a personal battle for me, but I hope that you come along. If you are dealing with similar demons in your writing, or any aspect of life, leave a comment. If you feel I have missed some important demons please tell me and I will talk about them too.
Kristin : )