I have learned that positive self advice can never hurt as I am often bombarded by self-doubt and even fear. It has been a long time since I have felt fear in something that I have wanted to do.
One thing that I am really afraid of, his heights. I never knew that I would be, until I was high above a canyon. The same is for writing a book. My fear is not the actual writing, but that moment, when I let myself think about it, allowing someone else to look at something that has become so personal. I can imagine that this is a common feeling among debutant writers. That’s me 🙂
Writing a book has been much more difficult than I would have ever expected. I have been working on it for almost 11 months now. I have learned so much, not only on writing, but editing, grammar, literary agents, and publishing. I hope to learn much more on a more personal and intimate level of each of these things.
10 Things I have learned since I started writing a book
1.) I suk at spelling and grammar
2.) No amount of background and experience substitutes for sitting down and typing – just do it
3.) Twitter has been somewhat helpful – [Yes, even I was surprised]
4.) A good computer is essential
5.) A good dictionary and thesaurus is even more essential
6.) I wish I had started this years ago
7.) My favorite thing about writing is the unexpected turns that writing allows and even necessitates
8.) Characters become a part of you
9.) Plot and storyline seem to be what separates a good story from an average one. [I pray my storyline will be liked by one other person than my children]
10.) I am surprised how much I doubt myself. If I can’t have confidence in me, who else will!