1. Don't be afraid of being ruthless with your editing and your cutting.
2. Write the book you would want to read, no matter the genre.
3. Don't chase trends. By the time you're finished, the trend will have vanished.
4. Be persistent.
5. Believe in yourself and your writing - but always know there is room for improvement.
6. Take it seriously.
I found myself nodding in agreement with most of the article, although I disagreed with several 'rules'. One rule gave me an 'aha' moment. Several 'rules' made me giggle.
Four of my favourites:
From Neil Gaiman: