I’d almost forgotten this month’s post. I’m hoping September will bring some order to the chaos. *Snicker, snort.*
What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since you started writing?
Uhhh…. The difference between “affect” and “effect”?
On a more serious note, it’s hard for me to pick just one.
I’ve learned a few lessons about being a writer. It’s hard to list them in order of importance, though. But, among the highlights:
- Research Everything. Seriously. Unless you lived it, make it/Do it professionally, research the hell out of it. People will forgive others of making honest yet stupid mistakes, but readers will gleefully roast you alive and feast on your remains for the tiniest inaccuracy.
- Get out of your head every now and again. Do something other than write. For that matter do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do. Archery. Painting. Trapeze class. A mud run obstacle course. Knitting. Whatever. It will help your perspective when you write. A character or a scene will will need what you learned.
- Guard your writing time like it’s a sacred object given to you directly from the gods. Post a rabid platypus at your door to prevent interruptions.
- If you have a family with children under middle school age and extended family elders in the area, accept that number 3 may not be possible. Writing is not just a lonely profession, it’s a greedy one. You must guard your time and your space with religious fervor against the heathens who will do all in their power to vandalize yourself, your rituals and the objects of your faith. Until you earn a regular living wage as a writer, no one gives a damn and secretly believes what you do is a cute little hobby you can just put down and pick up whenever you like.
- Get a private working area with a locking door. It cuts down on the number of bodies you have to hide.
- “No” is an acceptable response and doesn’t need explaining.
- People will not accept number 6. They just won’t. Learn from my mistakes – Embrace your inner bitch and stay firm.
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