Ten Things I Know About Writing

Another meme. This one is the 10 things I know about writing. As a non-writer, this is what I’ve learned while compiling magazines, working on anthologies etc:

  1. There are no rules. Be sure to follow them.
  2. It looks easy. It’s not.
  3. Given #2, why waste all that effort if you’re not doing your best?
  4. Love what you write. You’re going to have to live with it a long time.
  5. No matter what you achieve in writing, someone else has achieved more. So what? Get over it.
  6. Writing can be put off indefinitely.
  7. Writing is not publishing. Publishing is not writing. Do not mistake the two.
  8. Never trust anyone who’s just ‘telling it like it is’. They never are.
  9. The other person, over there, is doing the best they can too.
  10. Always, always, always treat anyone you encounter in publishing well. They might not be doing what you think they should, but they’re trying their best, and if they bought your book, they ARE on your side.

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