I read this really interesting article from Writer Unboxed entitled the ten myths about writing (ten myths about writing). In it the writer covers all the cool stuff about being a writer and then also points out where being a writer isnt always what it is cracked up to be.
It got me thinking…
What are the things that I never knew but which I know now. What would I tell my 2010 self about being an MM writer?
- Doesn't matter if you get 1s in reviews, a four will come along any minute to balance it out. Statistically we, as writers should be getting on average 3s, and anything 3 and above is good. So RJ, a 3 or a 4 is a GOOD THING, okay? And a 5 is freaking awesome. One day, around 2012, you will accept this and stop angsting.
- RJ, not everyone will like your 60,000 word emotional gut wrenching paranormal angst with flashbacks to ancient Greece. On the other hand most people will like your story about a throwaway at Christmas, so CHILL with the fact your first book, Oracle, isn't selling well.
- Saying you like someone's writing when you don't just in the hope they don't take away an offered contract is a big NO, Rj. Be honest from day one.
- Don't respond to that one star review on Goodreads. Because the guy who wrote it is fishing for a fight, and boy will he enjoy that fight.
- Actually, don't join Goodreads in the first place, because that shit will make you cry.
- Sit the f**k down and write. Stop tearing out your hair about being crap and have some belief in yourself you idiot. And just write.
- Invest in a better desk and chair so you don't mess your back up.
- Never be afraid to ask where your money is.
- No, you don't need to write *normal stuff* you DO write normal stuff, ignore the idiots who say otherwise.
- Listen to your gut. PLEASE, listen to your gut.