I’m not a blog­ger, and I’m not going to do this reg­u­lar­ly, but some­times things in the writ­ing com­mu­ni­ty come up and I want to lend my voice to it — which is what notquitepetite.com was turn­ing into, but it still was hold­ing on to the past of being a jour­nal-blog of sorts. That’s some­thing I don’t want.

Some writer-fairy-grand­moth­er advice:

  • You don’t have to write every day to be a “real” writer. You’re writ­ing, or think­ing about writ­ing? You’re a writer.
  • It doesn’t mat­ter how long your chap­ters are, or how long your draft is until you’re ready to pub­lish … and even then, not so much. Don’t stress about the lit­tle details, just write the sto­ry as it needs to be told.
  • Your men­tal health is impor­tant.
  • Writ­ing is hard, and that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you have to beat your­self up about it.
  • Some­times aban­don­ing a project for a new one is a good choice. Some­times not writ­ing at all for a month and read­ing instead, is a good choice. Do what feels right to you.

I’m going to add to this list over time. Do you have any­thing you want to share with oth­er writ­ers?