10. Writing a good beginning is hard.
9. When your writing is going well, time passes at warp speed.
8. When your writing is going not so well, time passes at the pace of a snoozing snail.
7. If you are writing a first draft, do not go back and read it from the beginning until you're done. If you do, your screams of frustration will be loud enough to be heard in distant galaxies and cause aliens to blink their three almond-shaped eyes in shock.
6. Favourite words crop up and become alarmingly frequent. These favourites are replaced every five pages or so by new favourites.
5. Writing a good middle is hard.
4. That quiet character who was supposed to stay in the background will at some point stand up and scream to be put centre stage.
3. Try not to swim too long in that familiar sea of self-criticism. Trust me, that sea has a nasty undertow.
2. Reward yourself for small accomplishments; reaching your word count goal, writing a nice dialogue interchange, a good paragraph. There are days when a single sentence is worthy of celebration.
1. Writing a good ending is hard.