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Things To Remember Along the Way . . .

One critique of your work could be viewed as opinion. If two or more betas agree, then it's likely a fact.

The best plot will be nothing more than words thrown on a page if the story lacks heart.

Define your own success.

Deleting thousands of words because they weren't usable doesn't mean you made a mistake. It's just the work it took to get where you needed to be.

Tell the story YOU need to tell.

Never forget the feeling of being swept away by a wonderful book. 

Always remember it's likely the author thought it was a pile of garbage at one point, too.

Jealousy isn't going to help you finish your novel.

Neither is Twitter.

Criticism isn't always easy to give or receive. Be grateful and be gracious when on either end.

A good writer has learned to polish their craft. A great writer never stops learning.

When you need to step back and remember why you started, what do you tell yourself?

Amanda Hannah

Amanda grew up on a big farm in a small town with one stoplight, one school, and a handful of imaginary friends.She would’ve gone to college forever, but eight years and five majors tested her advisor’s patience. So she moved to Germany to explore creepy castles before landing in Spain where she’s perfecting her Flamenco.

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  1. THANK YOU!!!

    Will it be okay if I repost this on my blog? Giving you all the credit of course! :-)

  2. It's so important to get another writer to read your work (you did an amazing job for me!!!). There are things I never realized I did and there's always something to improve on. Even JK Rowling said she was nervous that whatever she wrote after Harry Potter would be rubbish! Can you believe it?!

  3. I love this.

    And I could hardly read that light blue writing so I'm going to pretend I didn't see it *skips off to Twitter* la-la-la.... ;)


  4. Twitter nor Tumblr!

    Awesome advice. I feel like we should all print it off and stick it over our desks.

  5. Awesome post. I will definitely be coming back to read this often.

  6. Lovely post!! I always try to remember how books make me feel, especially when I am "swept away" by them :)

  7. Thank you so much for the one about deleted words. I threw away my WIP and started from scratch and keep telling myself "It's okay, the first one was you getting to know the characters. Now you can write a much better version."

  8. So true. I think I need to print this one out.

    Guess I'd better, um, get off blogger, too...

  9. Valia, of course!

    Melanie, your book was great! Loved reading it :)

    Sarah, you kind of make twitter awesome, so exceptions can be made ;)

  10. Jealousy isn't going to help you finish your novel. That might need to be my new mantra. Thank you for this.


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