This week I'm taking part in another IWSG (Insecure Writer's Support Group) blog. I highly recommend any other writers out there to take a look at this fantastic group here, and popping over to the July co-hosts: Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan.
The question asked by the IWSG this month is: What is one valuable lesson you’ve learned since writing?
I’ve been loaded with indecision thinking about this, so, instead of answering with one lesson I’ve made a list of ten imperative things I’ve learned (but don’t always adhere to) since I began writing.
1) Surviving off coffee for prolonged periods of time will give you palpitations and paranoia.
2) Whoever penned the advice, ‘Write drunk, edit sober’ should have added, ‘but don’t consume the entire bottle of vodka'. Not only will you get no editing done for days with your post-kid hangover, the chances of you understanding a word you’ve written whilst drunk are slim to none.
3) Procrastination can be fun if you do it right. Do it wrong and you could end up spending four hours watching vines on YouTube. Four hours of your life that you’ll never get back!
4) There is no such thing as flat-out failure. Failing is merely a learning curve lined with silver sparkles. Everyone loves silver sparkles, right?
5) I never thought for a minute writing would instigate a chair obsession. Not all chairs are the same. Get a comfortable one. Backache sucks and codeine is NOT the answer.
6) If I have a (rare) day off I tend to get less writing done than the days I’ve got a gazillion things to do—I’m pretty certain an undiscovered black hole passes by earth and messes with the relativity of time when I’m not working. That’s the only plausible explanation for my inefficiency.
7) Say yes to as much as you can. If you don’t you’ll only regret it later—unless you’re busy with your face in a computer screen not paying attention, and your kids ask for a puppy. Disappointment is hard to rectify with those little monsters. It might cost you dearly.
8) My husband has more patience than a salesman on the verge of closing a deal when it comes to me spending the evenings writing. He does call me Borg, though. But I can deal with name calling from my husband, Cowhead.
9) Never take yourself too seriously. Life’s too short and precious to waste on self-created worry. Paying monthly bills is enough pressure, why add to it?
10) Validation from others is nice but use its uplifting effect carefully. It can be undermined with a couple of unkind words. Writing is subjective. I cannot please everyone.
Powered by Linky Tools
Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list...