While spending the last few days with my nose to the grindstone or, to be more precise, my fingers to the keyboard, there are certain facts that have become apparent.
10. Writing is like taking a long car trip. You've always got that little whine of "Are we there yet?" reverberating in your head.
9. I've learned to expect that inner voice saying "We haven't had a joke in a while..."
8. Shouting "Write Better!" does not ensure I will.
7. The lure of logging on to the internet (just for a minute) can be somewhat overwhelming.
6. I'm convinced every successful writer has more self-discipline than me.
5. Every 5,000 or so words, every writer is deserving of a spontaneous parade. Surprisingly, mine has yet to appear.
4. Writing is tiring. Only other writers will understand how much energy it takes to weave that plot and characters into a tapestry of note.
3. I have a firm understanding of why so many writers in the past have had a relationship with alcohol.
2. The next person who says to me "Oh, it must be so much fun to write a book" will be lucky if they don't receive a sharp kick in the shins.
1. There are times I doubt my choices, my sanity and my ability. These are the times I remind myself I chose to do this, to stop complaining and just keep writing.