I found this picture searching the web this morning. I believe it came from this site. I added the TT.
This week’s Thursday Thirteen is a few do’s and don’ts for writers. Keep in mind this is my list and may or may apply to how you write.
1. Do – your research, from the weather to local food and attractions. You may not need it all but it’s better to know than not.
2. Don’t – assume that it’s the rainy season in June because it is in your home town. Trust me on this. If you’re wrong someone(s) will point it out loud and clear leaving you to look silly for not doing number 1
3. Do – try to write everyday. While this is not always possible, try it as much as possible even for a short time each day.
4. Don’t – go weeks without looking at your wip unless you’ve written ‘The End’ and are letting it rest prior to revisions. The longer you go without writing the harder it is to get back into the story. Your character’s will have grown while you were away, causing you to have to get to know them all over again.
5. Do – find a critique partner. A trusted one. Big thing here. When you start with a new cp make sure both sides understand that it’s just that. Starting. If it doesn’t work out then either side should be able to say so. Without feeling being hurt. This is your career.
6. Don’t – try to go it alone. A fresh pair of trusted eyes is amazing. (See the trusted theme here)
7. Do – attend workshops via the internet or in person. There are tons of great ones out there.
8. Don’t – think you know it all and can’t learn anything from another ‘Show Don’t Tell’ workshop. (Insert the name of any workshop there). There is always some nugget to learn in a workshop. Of course some nuggets are tiny and some are boulders but learning and improving your craft is just that.
9. Do – join a local chapter or an online chapter and RWA
10. Don’t – think you don’t need what number 9 has to offer. The encouragement, help, and information you will find in being a member of a local and/or online chapter is amazing. While being a member of RWA is not required to be published it doesn’t hurt and the opportunities available to you are great.
11. Do – write your voice and style. Number 5 talked about a critique partner. That is not someone to write your book for you. Ummm...that’s called a ghost writer. Learn from their crits and know when you have to say no this is my voice.
12. Don’t – drive yourself crazy with writing styles. I must be a plotter or I must be a pantser. Find out what works for you or for the particular manuscript you’re working on and stick with it.
13. Do – to quote the beloved and much missed Miss Snark, Write Well and Query Widely
14. Don’t – forget to read. As Stephen King says in his book On Writing if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write.
I realize there are fourteen instead of thirteen this week but I had to end it with even do’s and don’ts. It’s one of those strange things about me. :)
As I stated above these are a few of my own personal do’s and don’ts. There are more, so many more, which could be added.
With that said, it’s your turn. What your own do and don’t when it comes to writing?
Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,