- Writing should be done ever day, whether it's to a particular end or not. Writing is like a muscle. It shouldn't be allowed to go unused too long. I learned that one the hard way.
- Never fear the book you're working on, nor the editing required to improve it, though always remember to respect the craft.
- Be nice! I know, that sounds obvious to everyone, but sometimes I forget. I sometimes get too caught up in feeling clever to remember that I might be hurting someone's feelings. (For a brilliant post on this, I recommend the always amusing Natalie Whipple.)
- The number of people out there who are smarter and cleverer than I am is, indeed, as large as originally feared, but, thankfully, they seem very glad to help. (Consider, for example, The Literary Lab.)
- Even people a bit younger than I am have been writing for longer. Good news for me, they don't feel shy about sharing their experience with the rest of us.
- Though the internet has a reputation for being full of crazies, meanies, and some generally sketchy individuals, there are several people out there who good things to say and good words to share. (One post that particularly warmed by heart was Kierstan White's on cruel words.)
- Patience and Persistence are the true essentials in getting things done.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The 100th Post
According to Blogger, this is my 100th post. I must admit that when I started blogging back in February, I didn't think that I would actually make it this far. It took me a while to find my groove in blogging, let alone get used to the idea. It's been quite a fulfilling and interesting experience. I've learned several things along the way.