Today I decided to compile a list of one line tips that help me keep focused on writing and observations I have made since gaining a literary agent. Here they are in no particular order:
- Don't play video games.
- 1000 words a day is healthy.
- Make time for your family....but not too much.
- Write a blog for recharging creativity.
- Don't bug your busy agent.
- Send what an agent asks you to send.
- Listen to criticism and then modify.
- Get help from other writers.
- Find a quiet place to write.
- Write outlines.
- Write character backgrounds.
- Do research.
- Interview experts or people with professions with which you are not familiar.
- Talk to a policeman, firefighter, detective, or teacher about their job.
- Keep writing.
- Follow the AGENT'S RULES when sending query letters.
- Don't bother sending directly to publishers.
- Don't write what is popular right now because it is already yesterday's news.
- Read great books, not flash in the pan drek.
- Edit, edit, edit, then pay someone to edit.
Care to add to the list? Please do. We all can use helpful tips. Keep your tips brief, though.
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