I’ve learned a few important lessons over the years and I wanted to share them all with you. These are things that I’ve found useful and it took me a long time to come to these conclusions, so I hope they can help you out. Everyone has a different approach to writing, so take the time to figure out yours!
Take care of yourself
Sometimes whatever you’re working on takes a while to complete. You might get stuck. You might need extra time. Writing is supposed to be something you love doing, so let it unravel at its own pace. I don’t want to say “don’t stress” because everyone has something they’re dealing with. Remember why you love writing and try to always keep those feelings with you.
Stop comparing yourself to others.
Everyone does things different and works at their own pace. If you write fast or slow, don’t let anyone tell you you’re doing it wrong. Just because a writer can finish a manuscript faster than you doesn’t mean you’re failing. Work at your own pace and be satisfied with your own progress. Let other people motivated you, but don’t let them bring you down.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing PERIOD.
No one has all the answers and only you know what works for your own writing. There are only a few writing experts. My advice is supposed to be a guide, not a rule book. I only know how to do things the way I do it, so feel free to figure out what works best for you. Experiment with different advice and form your own rules.
Diversity is important.
Try switching up how you normally do things and see what you can come up with because representation is so incredibly important. Don’t always go with what you feel comfortable with. Avoid stereotypes. Do your research. Step out of your comfort zone. Your writing will benefit from all these things. Also, support other writers who are writing great stories when you can.
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
If you have an idea and you love it (no matter how crazy it seems), TRY IT OUT. You might have that one-in-a-million idea everyone else is looking for. You might come up with an idea that inspires you like nothing else has. You have to branch out and give yourself a chance.
Share your work.
You need to share you work if you want to improve yourself. You need to share your work if you want to get published. People may criticize you, but you’re taking a brave and important step. Opening yourself up to rejection is part of being a creative person. You just have to keep yourself grounded and remind yourself you have what it takes.