1. The story will not be written unless you take the time to write it.
We’ve all heard this in one form or another. Butt in chair. Fingers on keyboard. Write, write, write. And it’s true. Whether it’s ten minutes a day, one page or twenty pages a day, if you don’t put in the time the story will remain in your head and not on paper.
There is a wealth of information out there. Confused about show vs. tell? Google it. Want to have your hero be in the Coast Guard? Research it. Readers will know if you don’t. From beginning writers to New York Times Best Sellers, there are opportunities along the way to learn and improve.
3. Don’t Give Up.
It’s dang hard work to write a book and very easy to quit. Don’t do it. Don’t let go of that dream. Whether you’ve written your first book that eighty agents rejected or your publisher chose not to publish the fifth book in your series – do not give up. This is your dream. Let it shine.
4. Believe in Yourself.
It goes hand in hand with not giving up. Writing is a solitary endeavor. It’s so easy to over-think a word or a phrase or a paragraph or the last eight chapters. But this is your story, your baby. Believe in it and yourself. Don’t let your inner critic take it away.
5. Celebrate your victories.
Have you finished your first chapter? Celebrate it! Maybe a 95,000 word book? Yippee! How about the first sale? WooHoo! Whatever your goals are, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back, do a happy dance, have a glass of wine or throw a party. Acknowledge your accomplishments, they’re the steps that take us through the journey.
Any other tips that you have?