--11. Cultivate an "obsession" with your novel.
Never see it as a chore, but as an escape or as a "lover". For you fellow fantasy geeks, be Gollum with your "precious".
Once writing becomes a chore, you loose interest and the novel will not resonate with the love you poured into it. It will read as a dry, cookie cutter novel.
Your readers will pick up on this.
--12. Let God do in you what each book is supposed to do.
If you write about the destruction of pride, then do not let pride take over you.
Redemption? Love? Grace?
If you write to better a person's life or uplift a soul, then make sure you allow God to lead you.
--13. Do not follow false deadlines.
Unrealistic deadlines do an author no good. Expectations become accelerated.
Set realistic goals and do not strive to be like others. Books differ per person. Be true to yourself, even if it seems as though you don't measure up. It's not other authors you need to worry about.
--14. Don't waste time on envy of other writers.
This is, oh so, destructive!
Your journey is not the same as another. Your road will always be different.
Never compare yourself with another.
Never strive to be like another.
Write your book, at your pace, in your way.
--15. Listen to MUSIC!
Music is the soul of words. The chords and arrangements weave a tapestry that inspires your mind.
What kind of music?
That depends on you.
This is the last of writing posts, at least for a while. Next week starts a brand new outlook for Pen, Paper, & a Keyboard.
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