|Poetry chapbook published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. Can be ordered from press or from author.|
- Look within yourself – what do you want to tell people? What is burning inside you that you just have to write about it? Write about something you really, really care about.
- Do the work. Writing takes dedication and hard work.
- Ignore advice – Don’t revise according to negative advice from an editor. Only make changes when someone likes your writing and wants to help you make it better.
- If your book is not picked up, look into self publishing. Have faith in yourself.
- Go where the pain and pleasure are
- Persevere - even when you feel you want to throw out your writing and walk away. Don't .
- Make People Care
- Let your inspiration guide you
- Write two crappy pages a day. The good ones will follow.
- Write a certain number of words each day – keep doing it and one day you will have a book. Do it as a job, a regular job. A famous author stopped doing a daily quota and now does a weekly quota. He takes one day a week off and will not write on that day.
- Finish One Book. The first book is a learning experience. The second one will come easier
- Risk the rejection – submit your work to an agent or publisher. Just keep on sending out your manuscript – even if you have sent it out five or six times.
These ideas came from listening to famous authors talk about writing.