This also means you should not pick up any kind of writing instrument or tablet of paper. Picking up a pen or turning on your computer is the first step to making sure you get words down on paper. If you want to bomb as an author, you must never do this.
Talk about writing. Tell people how you want to write. You can even go so far as to talk about your novel. But do not write.
If you write every day you are likely to publish something. Soon you will have to start talking about working with editors and publishers. The best way to avoid publishing is to make sure you do not write every day.
This is important. If you want to fail as a writer, you must not go to writing conferences, join critique groups, read books about writing, or read the works of other authors you admire.
That’s the easy way out. That’s what all those successful authors do. You know the type. John Grisham was a lawyer so he writes lawyer books. Where’s the challenge in that? No. If you want your novel to flop, you must write about people and places and experiences you have never had.
Do not create a story map with markers along the way to describe what happens. Do not think about where your characters are going. That will only move your story along at an interesting pace.