Mirror World Publishing’s boss-lady, Justine Dowsett, recently challenged her authors to write their own list of 10 Rules of Writing, so I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring and share my ten rules with you:
1. Do what’s best for you. Find your rhythm and write what you love. You are your own #1 fan! Your best bet is to follow your heart.
2. Exercise first. You’re on your ass hours at a time. I exercise in the morning so my body is recharged and ready. Don’t forget to get up and stretch between writing periods. You need to get out of your head at some point, so you might as well do something healthy.
3. Keep post notes and note pads around your desk (or in your purse) to brain storm or get that next idea down before you lose it! If you’re a techno-geek, get an app like Evernote.
4. Go with the flow. Be prepared for family emergencies or major life transitions. Life certainly gets in the way at times. It’s best to be flexible and understand that some things are more important. Your story will wait for you.
5. Keep learning, and keep growing. This industry changes in a blink of the eye. If I didn’t learn how to blog five years ago, get on social media, and start my author platform, I would have been left behind.
6. Enjoy the journey. No matter what stage of the publishing game you’re in, make sure you reevaluate your steps to know how far you’ve come. Pat yourself on the back, and remember to celebrate any milestones too!
7. Tweak your writing plan at least once a year (you do have a plan, right?). Get rid of what’s not working, and refine what is working for YOU.
8. Blog at least once a week. This keeps your name (author brand) out there in cyber-space, and provides fresh content for your followers to read. It’s also great writing practice, and is a form of self-discipline.
9. Find your balance. Be unshakable. The publishing industry can squash your dreams. Don’t compare yourself to other authors. That can be soul crushing. Remember everyone is on their own path. JK Rowling is on hers, Stephen King is on his. Stick to yours, and blaze your trail.
10. This is non-negotiable for me: HELP OTHERS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Whether you share or tweet their posts, do a cover reveal on your blog, or review their book, you’ll find that when you give, you get. Plus, it will make you feel good inside and out!
The writing business can be messy and hard at times. Even authors need a set of rules to keep them on the straight and narrow (or off the beaten path). So what rules do you have for writing? Would love to read your comments! Cheers and thank you for reading my post!
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/young adult time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.
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