Ten Things I Learned from Writing Fiction

Meme snurched from and others, and in no particular order:

1. There are only three pieces of writing advice which matter.
1a. Write more
1b. Mail it
1c. Your mileage may vary

2. Everything else anyone says about writing is descriptive, not prescriptive, and should be freely ignored, or at best treated as opinion. That includes this list. (Evilmonkey reminded me of this, as did .)

3. If you want to write, it only matters that you write, not how fast or how much or what. If you don’t want to write, it doesn’t matter at all.

4. However, if you want to write for publication, it matters that you understand the expectations and practices of the genre(s) in which you wish to publish. Whether you choose to follow them is entirely up to you.

5. No one will ever care about your writing as much as you do. Not your mom, not your spouse, not your agent, not your editor, not your readers. So whatever care, feeding and attention your writing needs comes from you.

6. Finishing a story (or novel) is infinitely harder than starting one.

7. I thrive in the company of other writers.

8. The garret is a myth. Ignore it.

9. Do whatever the hell you want. This is one of the last frontiers, where we’re all free to go our own way.

10. What said: “There is always somebody better paid, more acclaimed, or whose books will make you turn green with jealousy. It is the nature of the universe. Carry on.”