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Always remember: you are a writer, no matter what. Don’t let the evil voices in your head get you down.
Be prepared. Research not just the content of the novel, but what it means to be in the writing industry, who you want to query, and all the ins-and-outs of this business. Publication doesn’t come served on a plate.
Crying with friends over books is not a choice. It is necessary—whether you cry over other people’s books or your own is up to you.
Don’t argue when you mess up. It’s better to own up and make amends when you offend or hurt somebody.
Even if you don’t want to, keep writing.
Find time to take care of yourself. You are useless to yourself if you are uninspired and unable to stay awake.
Go outside sometimes. I know it sounds terrible but actually it’s important.
Help others! Trading WIPs helps you build up other writers and improves some of your own skills, too!
Invest in yourself. You can’t know everything, but staying up-to-date and educated on subject matter and recent book trends will do you and your WIPs a huge favor.
Just breathe. For serious.
Kill your darlings. Kiss your darlings. Edit everything three billion times. It will get better.
Listen to the voices of the people you’re writing about. Whether they come from another culture, sexual orientation, faith, race, gender, age group, city, or school, they will judge your writing by how well you represent their side of the story. And it means a lot.
Marry rich, because J.K. Rowling is the exception.
NO MORE SPENDING THIRTY HOURS A DAY ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Starting next week.
Organize. Make sure your plot points, characters, dialogue, and whatever else don’t contradict themselves. You will look like you don’t know what you’re doing.
Practice until your fingers bleed because as my dad often says, “Practice makes better.”
Querying is something to do but only if you have your letter completely perfect. RESEARCH QUERY LETTERS. All the published authors out there swear by this, I think, probably.
Read everything. Read the things you love and figure out why you love them. Sometimes read things you hate and make sure you don’t do that in your writing. Read, read, read.
Swoon over your villain. A protagonist is only ever as good as their antagonist, and it takes your love and care to cultivate villains into beings worth fighting against. Give them the love they deserve.
Thank the people who build you up. It is so important to have a community who supports you, whether that be a writing circle, your family, or online buddies. Make sure they know it means a lot, because you want them around for a good, long time. (BTW: thanks for supporting me here, guys. It’s so gratifying to have amazing readers like you! <3)
Understand that this is hard and it takes a butt-ton of work, but that it is so worth it, so keep going!
Vanquish all of your self-doubt and smush your inner editor into your mental bathroom until you finish the first draft. Just get the dang idea out of you, and then you can start making it better.
Wish. Dream. Make merry. Sparkle. You have something special. Let it show.
X-Ray vision is a creepy superpower. In general, superpowers should have rules and limitations and flaws. Keep that in mind. I criticize superpowers a lot.
You should only ever compare yourself to the person you were yesterday. Otherwise you will be depressed.
Zootopia was a great movie and you should go see it. Just saying. Maybe it will help you write better. I don’t know. But it’s worth it!
HA HA I FINISHED. With a little less than a minute to spare. Consider this a short list of everything that I’ve learned in the four or so years I’ve worked on being a writer.