10. Give yourself permission to "write ugly". Remember the story of the ugly duckling.
9. Don't ask for criticism unless you're ready to receive it.
8. If an idea is keeping you up at night, or knocking on the door of your imagination while you're busy doing other things, it's an idea worth paying attention to.
7. Never forget the funny.
6. Remember some days will be more productive than others.
5. Never assume your characters are finished surprising you.
4. There is such a thing as a too-complicated plot.
3. Love your characters' flaws - perfection can be really boring.
2. Your third chapter might be your first chapter in disguise.
1. Be aware of your facial expressions when you're writing. If you're smiling, you're onto a good thing.
K.M. Weiland, the author of the wonderful blog Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors and an author of historical and speculative fiction, is releasing an instructional CD entitled Conquering Writer's Block and Summoning Inspiration on October 1st. I'll be posting my review of the CD on Monday, October 4th.