As I'm going to be taking a blogation for the rest of the week, I'm re-running some of my most popular posts. This one is from August. Happy shortest day of the year, everyone!
10. Stop fixating on your word count. Just write your story.
9. Resist the urge to hit that shiny delete button.
8. Remind yourself it's your decision when to put your story in front of someone else's eyes. Until then, it's just you.
7. Have a daily goal. I usually write one or two scenes.
6. Don't compare your output to anyone else's.
5. Remember speed does not necessarily equal quality. On the other hand, slowness does not necessarily ensure quality either.
4. If you notice yourself smiling while you're writing, it's probably a good sign. Or...you're thinking about cookies.
3. Expect your characters to say and do things you're not expecting. They generally know best.
2. Ignore the lure of your colourful secondary characters. One or two will insist they need a larger role. They're usually wrong.
1. No one said it was easy. If it was, everyone who says "I'd like to be a writer" would actually be one. Screw your courage to the sticking point and persevere.