My pub sister, Amy K Mcclung recently posted this in her Facebook page and, since I agree with pretty much everything she says, I asked her if I could post it here. What do you think? Is there anything else you’d add to the list?
Twenty Things the Craft of Writing Has Taught Me
by Amy K Mcclung
- A good editor is worth everything
- Don’t read reviews!
- If you do read reviews, learn from them…don’t cry
- Write what you love, not what’s the big seller at the moment
- Other Authors can be a great support system,
- There are some authors who will only look out for themselves (true in all aspects of life)
- Write what you know or do your research heavily on what you don’t.
- Show, don’t tell.
- When I tell people “I write romance” and they respond with a judgmental, “Oh”, remember there are so many people who love the genre, and who love my books
- Blurbs are hard
- Rejection is part of writing sometimes. Take it and move forward.
- I’m not crazy, the voices in my head are characters 😋
- Don’t force a story. It will all fall together when the time is right
- Avoid drama – especially on Goodreads
- Be proud of my books, I wrote an entire novel…that’s not something everyone can do.
- If one person reads/loves my book(s) I’m a success.
- I don’t need a Best Seller tag to prove my worth as a writer
- Blurbs are hard (yep I said it twice)
- People will judge a book by its cover
- Family will support you even if they don’t read your books. Word of mouth is a powerful thing.