Donâ€™t wait for inspiration to strike. The photographer/ painter Chuck Close said, â€œInspiration is for amateursâ€”the rest of us just show up and get to work.â€
Donâ€™t get discouraged when youâ€™re blocked. Donâ€™t give up and donâ€™t just power through. Re-read.
Donâ€™t write anything you donâ€™t like. Youâ€™re going to be living with this story, these characters, these ideas for months, even years. Lifeâ€™s too short to waste on stories or people or work that doesnâ€™t engage you.
Be on guard against laziness. You can come up with more ways to waste time than anyone can warn you against. If youâ€™re not producing brand new pages every week, youâ€™re not getting your book done. Period.
Donâ€™t be grim about it. This is a dynamic process. You may not be a ten-page-a-day writer. If youâ€™re a one-pager enjoy that page just as much as you imagine youâ€™d enjoy ten.
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