>Gennita Low is a roofer/writing and does a fantastic blog I read every day. Recently she posted a list of rules/advice she's gathered over her 10+ years of writing. I loved them so much, I had to reprint them here.
Add her to your blog feed…she's funny, talented, and absolutely worth reading.
1) Action is better than perfection.
2) Break your best writing friend's heart. Don't edit her. Make suggestions, but don't edit.
3) Don't ask for quotes from very famous authors you don't know who have personal assistants.
4) Plot matters. But it must also make characters interesting. Boring plot = characters standing around making noises.
5) Trilogies are for the brave. And the very famous. Unless you wrote all three books first.
6) Make your bed EVERY morning. The temptation to crawl into bed and pull the covers over one's head is always present, especially around deadline time.
7) Remember the paralysis of analysis. Every page you print out for research, someone has already written another page. Knowing everything about your topic will drown your story and kill your interest.
8) Remember to read a book for fun. Every roofstory is different and you might learn something cool. Or not. I can stand on the ground and look at a roof and know it's mine, and why I did certain things that way, and that's from walking on other roofers' finished roofs.
9) Know your editor. Know your business. And even then, when you least expect it, you'll get the equivalent of a silent movie's piano falling on top of you. Worse, it's your piano, for which you're still paying.
10) Your readers are not your personal psychiatrist. Share discriminately on the Net. Rant discriminately.
11) I'll throw in a freebie ;-). Your Muse is not your bitch either.