1. Some of what you write is going to be shit, and that’s okay. You can delete these run-on, no-good, sentences later – when you come up with something better… keep track of ALL IDEAS (even if they’re silly, even if you’re on the bus, even if you’re in the shower). Bonus Tip: TAKE A NOTE BOOK EVERYWHERE.
2. You are not your biggest critic. If you have the lady-balls to write a novel, odds are it’s because you’re confident about your idea. However, a lot of people are going to secretly doubt that you have it in you to follow through with your dream. Don’t let this get to you.
3. Keep your project hush. Just because it all makes sense in your mind, and you believe in the idea, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to explain to others… especially well. Do yourself a favour and let the finished product speak for itself. This way you’ll face less of that secret judgment I mentioned in #2.
4. Don’t write because you feel like you have to. Instead write when you’re in the mood and feel creative. Ideas flow a lot faster and much easier when you’re in the right headspace… and actually excited about what you’re doing.
5. Write in the space that makes you most focused. For me it’s alone in my room, on a clean desk, with a drink, and a candle. I cannot work when my room is a mess… a messy space makes my thoughts messy too.
6. Even if you don’t think you’re going to get signed by some big publisher, keep writing. In today’s world, you can publish yourself if you have to. Your work is valuable no matter how it is distributed.
7. Send chapters to someone who loves to read and is supportive of your dreams. They will be honest, but also kind, keeping you motivated and telling you a first-time readers perspective on your material.
8. Don’t write it all in one day. Ok, I know this is impossible, but you know what I mean. Take time to develop your ideas. Ideas get better the more you shape and consider them. You’re young, use time to your advantage.
9. Dress comfortably when you write… pjs/sweatpants, and no bra. It’s just you and your laptop. Let loose and settle in… Unless you’re writing in public, then maybe you should put on a bra.
10. If you’re going to start writing, make sure you don’t have somewhere to be. When you’re on a roll, the worst thing you can do is stop. If you do…you WONT be able to stop thinking about it.