10 Things I’ve Learned as a Writer #WriterWednesday #AmWriting #WritersLife

As I’ve recently released my 15th novel (Hide Not Seek), I thought it was a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned since I started on this writing journey.

1.Everyone thinks that a writer isn’t busy. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times I’ve been asked by friends and acquaintances how I manage not to get bored when my hubby is off working.

2. A lot of people don’t read. Seriously, they don’t read novels. I am flabbergasted and confused.

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Say it ain’t so!

3. Readers assume that the main character of each novel is you only more funny, mad, sad, [fill in the appropriate adjective here].

4. Self-publishing is not for the fainthearted. If the prejudice against indie writing doesn’t get you down, then the sheer amount of extra work an indie writer needs to do to get noticed will.

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5. Finishing the book is just the start. Now you need to market the book and find readers. And somehow manage not to become discouraged and want to jump off a bridge.

6. There comes a point in every book when you think: I can’t do this, I don’t know how to end this, where do I go from here? Keep. Writing. If that doesn’t work, alcohol can drown out that little voice in your head.

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7. Always carry a notebook with you. You won’t remember that awesome idea you had in the middle of the night, in the shower, while on the bus, etc. You might want to remember a pen or pencil as well.

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8. Bad reviews are like getting a negative job performance review that everyone just watched on YouTube. And then judges you based upon it.

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9. Grammar is harder than I remember from school. Or maybe it’s just me wanting to start sentences with conjunctions, use hyphens instead of commas, and write dialogues like people really talk. What’s an Oxford comma again?

10. It’s okay to say you’re a writer even if you aren’t on the bestseller list. Yeah right. Still working on this one.

What about you? What have you learned on your writing journey?

12 thoughts on “10 Things I’ve Learned as a Writer #WriterWednesday #AmWriting #WritersLife

  1. alicegristle says:

    Oh, yeah, #3 is just evil. That one gets me more than anything. But I guess it’s also why readers seem so bloody interested in writers, more so even than their writings.

    I guess my #1 would be this: Most days I write garbage. And that is as it should be.

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    • Lev Raphael says:

      I’ve taught creative writing for years and I’ve published 26 books and I strongly disagree about first drafts always being garbage. First because I don’t think we should use words like that about our work. Second because who says that’s true? Some first drafts of mine surprised me. It all depends on the time we’re writing, mood, atmosphere and a lot of other things.

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  2. K. Alice Compeau says:

    First, CONGRATULATIONS on 15 books! That’s incredible!!!!!!!
    The reviews…OMG you’re so write. I know everyone gets them but…ouch.
    I think the perception on indie books is starting to change. If only there weren’t people who are full of confidence that they’re the greatest writer on earth and slap those first drafts up on Amazon without doing any of the hard work serious indies do.

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  3. drshoultz says:

    I’ve been writing novels and self publishing since 2010 and have nine titles on Amazon. I can relate to most of your ten learnings. The one that still amazes me is how few people read novels. Finding readers is not easy. Thank goodness for Goodreads and book clubs.

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  4. Crystal says:

    I like to read if the book cover and book blurb interests me. I’ve read 2 of your books and really liked them. I even started attempting writing my own 2 book set just to see if I could do it. I’m on book 2 already.

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