5 Things Writing Has Taught Me
2. I’m not in charge. I may think that I am, but time and time again, my characters take over and show me who is boss. I remember hearing writers say thing like this years ago, and thinking they were daft – I suppose that means I’m daft now, too!
3. Patience. You can’t force it if it isn’t ready. If you turn up the temperature to try to speed it along, all you get is burnt cake that isn’t done in the middle (sorry, I’m a little obsessed with cake just now…).
4. To listen to my instincts. It is easy to be swayed by outside influences and opinions, to make changes when you shouldn’t. It is best to avoid feedback when ideas are still in that formative stage for this reason.
5. Never give up. Ever. Publishing is a crazy, difficult business to crack into, and the only way to get there is to keep hitting your head against that brick wall, over and over and over again. Cake helps.
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