Encouraging Writing Advice You Didn’t Ask For

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  1. It’s okay if you’re not very good yet. Everyone starts somewhere and you ABSOLUTELY can improve. It’s hard work, and you have to want it and put in the hours, but you CAN get better. ⁣
  2. Small progress is still progress. Every word you write is one that didn’t exist in your project before. ⁣
  3. It’s okay to take steps backward. Often, they really aren’t steps backward, but actions that will propel you forward: deleting a chapter, a scene, a character, gutting an entire draft, moving on from a project that isn’t working for you anymore.⁣
  4. Your process can look different from everyone else’s. Outlining doesn’t work for you? It’s fine. You write slow and revise as you go? Great! As long as you are always evaluating your process and being honest about whether or not it is serving you, you’re golden.⁣
  5. You will never feel like you’ve “made it.” There will always be someone on the rung above you. You won’t “get there” when you get an agent, a book deal, hit the NYT bestsellers list because there is no “there.” Your words on the page is “there,” and guess what? You are already there!⁣
  6. It’s okay to take breaks. (I’m talking to myself here.) Thinking and resting and refilling your energy are as much a part of the process as the actual writing. A day, a week, a month, a year, take the breaks your heart needs. (Don’t forget to get back to the actual writing part eventually though.)⁣
  7. This sounds harsh, but I promise it isn’t: No one cares about your writing. (Hyperbole, but hear me out.) If you are letting fear of failure hold you back, stop. Fewer people care if you make it or not than you think. And you WILL fail. A lot. And it won’t be the end of the world. And no one will give you a second thought. That’s freedom right there. Write for love of writing. ⁣

Check out my debut novel: Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships, out November 23rd, 2021 with Berkley Romance. Learn More at sarahruizwrites.com

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