Tuesday, 29 May 2012

so what would you add?

14 things I've learned about me and writing!
I was inspired after reading a brilliant blog by Sarah Duncan. Check it out on http://sarahduncansblog.blogspot.co.uk/

1.  That the work you're proudest of gets terrible reviews and sells the least.
2.  The work you weren't sure about of gets good reviews and sells.
3.  You will think your work is rubbish and a waste of time, more than once during each WIP
4.  If you persist, writing gets easier—allegedly.
5.  No one will respect your writing time unless you do–very true.
6.  Writers are generally friendly and hugely supportive. There will always be one rotten egg though—ignore that one!
7.  You will never know what to say when someone asks "Have you written anything I've read?" (blush and mumble)
8.  Sometimes writing is easy, sometimes it's hard. When you look back, you can't tell the difference in the work.
9.  There is always something else to do instead of writing. (does eating chocolate and drinking wine come in here?)
10. If you start writing, the words will come.
11. If you don't like what you write, why should anyone else?
12. If you can't empathise with your characters or you don't believe in your plot, why should your readers?
13. If you don't have faith in yourself and your abilities, don't expect anyone else to either
!4. Believe. You. Will. Succeed.

so what are your thoughts?


  1. Nice one, Raven.

    I would add:

    It's normal to fall in love with your hero. (If you don't how can you expect anyone else to)

    You will laugh and cry when writing.

    You will surprise yourself in how your writing evolves.

    Listen to your characters, they know their story better than you.

    Sales are a fickle thing. It does no good to obsess over them.

    Just one reader e-mail, saying how much they enjoyed your work, will make your day.

  2. And I'll add:

    Write what you love, Love what you write.

  3. Wow! and I would say most of them could easily be interpreted to apply to anyone! Not just writers.

  4. LOVE this post. So true on many levels.