In 2016, I wrote a post about writing advice that boiled down to simply sitting in a chair and writing. Still true. But I can think of a few more things I’ve learned in the last five years so I thought I’d revisit the post.
First, Do Not Respond To Reviews. And especially don’t respond to bad reviews. Don’t call the readers out. Stay off Goodreads if it’s bad for your mental health. Nothing good ever comes from responding to a negative review.
So, just don’t. Don’t track the reviewers down either. It’s unhealthy, at the very least.
Second, take all advice on writing with a grain of salt because what works for one author might not work for you.
Third, toxic productivity is a thing. Don’t get sucked into the idea you have to write/publish at a particular pace. It will only lead to burn out.
Fourth, read your contracts carefully.
Fifth, find people who want to support you with no strings attached. It’s brilliant when you have a healthy connection to other authors or people in the writing community. Just be careful about expectations.
Sixth, there are many paths to publishing. Find one that works for you.
Seventh, a good editor is worth their weight in gold.
Eighth, not every story is yours to tell.
Ninth, don’t steal images from photographers. Seriously. Don’t. If plagiarism in books bothers you, stealing from photographers should as well.
Tenth, or maybe 9.5, learn what you can about copyrights. It can help you avoid a lot of scary legal trouble.