It’s been twelve months since I posted my original list of Ten important truths every writer should know. I figured it was time for an updated version.
1. Writing is easy – it’s the rewriting what is difficult.
2. In between each revision stage, commas and grammatical errors breed like rabbits at a Viagra testing facility.
3. Writing for yourself is not the same as writing with a view to getting published by someone else.
4. Don’t send snarky responses to rejection letters. Editors talk to each other (so do agents).
5. Self-promotion (engaging with people as opposed to just talking at them) is far more fun and a lot more effective than self-publicity.
6. There’s a wealth of free information about writing on the worldwide web, but not all of it’s good, and none of it works for everybody.
7. If all you’re looking for is a pat on the back, don’t waste other people’s time by asking them for a critique.
8. There’s no such genre as ‘SyFy’.
9. To succeed in writing, figure out what works best for you and do that, a lot.
I left #10 blank. What would you put there?