Five Bits of Advice for Writers by an Author Ready to Stab Her Book
Guest post by Beth Revis
2. Remember that the only thing you control about a book is the words inside it. Don't get too hung up on the cover, cover copy, buzz, or any other thing. You only get the story. Focus on that.
3. Don't be afraid to try new things. Sometimes we define our selves in certain ways that limit us. I used to proudly boast that I never outlined, and that made me reluctant to try an outline when I needed one. Don't sell yourself short by a narrow definition.
4. Not working is working. When you find yourself just frustrated and stuck and ragey and stabby, step back. Give yourself a break. You can't work when you're burnt out.
5. Remind yourself that it's worth it. By the time I finish edits, I'm ready to slaughter all characters and burn the world to the ground. I'm so done. But it's worth it. It really, really is.
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I find the burn-out advice to be true for many activities and now I'm in search of a touchstone for my work-in-progress. Readers, did any particular bits of this resonate with you?