Ahem. Sorry, got a little excited there.
My apologies for not visiting so many of you last week, I was on vacation with the family. I'm back now and here they are! What tips did I miss that you would add in?
5. DON'T BE A LONER. Very few writers don't need critique partners. Mine are there for me through thick and thin to cheer me on and help me see where I can improve. Without all of you online, this would be a very lonely and difficult uphill battle. For me, it's enjoyable just working on it because of the friendships I've made.
4. BE OPEN TO CRITICISM. It's tough to hear that our perfect babies aren't all that we thought. It's human nature to take the negative comments and internalize them. Instead, see them for what they are, a way to take what you have and make it better. Consider all comments and let them stew before you make a rash decision.
3. WRITE. Um, yeah. With all the other stuff we do, sometimes we get in a rut. But BIC (Butt in chair) is an acronym to live by. If we don't write it, we aren't writers. Force it out if you have to, eventually it will flow again.
2. TRY. It seems obvious, but if you don't put yourself/your work out there, it can never happen. If you've worked hard and done your best, don't be afraid to query the appropriate agents. If you are polite and follow common practice, you have nothing to lose. Just remember to put out your best work and research to find the RIGHT agents to try.
*Drum roll* AND the top writing tip I have?
1. PERSEVERE. Don't give up. If you've been at it for years, but you know it's what you love. If you're sure your work must suck because everyone else seems to be getting "the deal". If you are tired and feel dejected and are thinking about selling used cars. DON'T. Hang in there. Because the ONE thing all successful writers have in common? They persevered through the hard times.