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Denise's Quick & Dirty Writing Tips

  1.  Don't compare your writing journey with anyone else's.  It won't make you more successful. It'll only make you crazy. 
  2. Finish your book. An unfinished manuscript will not bring you any kind of success, but a finished one might.
  3. First drafts are for play and figuring out the bones. Don't put too much pressure on yourself.
  4. Quick writing does not automatically equal bad writing.
  5. Read a lot, especially in the genre you want to write. It will give you perspective on what works for a reader and what does not.
  6. Write every day. It doesn't have to be more that a paragraph, or even a sentence, but the longer you leave your creative work, the harder it will seem to come back to it.
  7. Give it a rest. You can't have clear perspective on your own writing when you're immersed in it. Put it aside for a few weeks and work on something else in order to gain perspective.
  8. Set writing goals. If you set clear and realistic goals for your writing while you are motivated toward progress, you will be less likely to be ruled by the daily pull of procrastination or fear of inability.
  9. All writers experience doubt in themselves and their abilities.
  10. Give your ideas the benefit of the doubt while you are writing them. They may turn into something great, and confident writing is more likely to make that happen.

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