Yep. I said them all, and you can quote me on them. If you need a reminder, print this out and tape it up in your work area (as a bonus, these all fit under 140 characters, so you can tweet the life out of them with ease).
- Leave them thirsty. Nobody thinks about water when they’re quenched.
- Characters without a story reason to be there is like a pair of bicycle tires with no frame. Pointless.
- You can, in fact, usually do the thing that you don’t think you’re strong enough to do.
- When in doubt, THROW IT OUT.
- Your success as an author is largely determined by whether or not you’ll do what the other wannabe author WON’T do.
- Study people. Understand what makes them tick, even if you don’t agree with them.
- Consume content. See what everyone else likes and try to understand why they like it.
- Work outside of your comfort zone. Inspiration strikes when you change your brain pattern. Break the routine.
- People will hate you because you are challenging their world view. This means you’ve done your job correctly.
- There is only one wrong way to write, and that is if you’re not writing at all.
- All stories are about people.
- If you don’t understand what you’re writing and why, you shouldn’t write it.
- It’s far easier to fix a bad writer than it is to fix a bad storyteller.
- Think about what your life would be like tomorrow if you stopped writing today. If you don’t like the answer, keep writing.
- Every author, no matter how previously successful, is afraid of releasing their work.