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Apr.21.2012
There’s no need to ever be blocked, so if you feel stuck or are otherwise dragging your feet about writing a particular section, you can do one of two things: 1) spend the day working on some other writing – a blog post, another project, what-have-you – so you stretch a different writing muscle...
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Apr.20.2012
An Ode to Reviewers: If I could sit on your shoulder/and tell you what to think/you’d always tell me how wonderful I am/you’d never tell me I stink – the only problem with that is you can’t, you can’t, they won’t, they might; so stop worrying about reviewers and all the other things you can’t...
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Apr.19.2012
For a $50 handling fee, you too can enter your novel for a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; of course, there’s no guarantee that anyone on the nominating committee will actually read your book, or even if they do read and nominate it, that the Pulitzer Board will actually hand out an award for Fiction...
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Apr.18.2012
For just one day, forgot about getting published or staying published and spend the day writing strictly because you love to write – for just one day.  
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Apr.17.2012
If at all possible, avoid being the author for whom, no matter how good something that happens to you is, you still manage to find fault with it. 
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Apr.16.2012
The right decision for you is not necessarily the right decision for everyone else so stop talking like it is.
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Apr.15.2012
In the current Traditional vs. Self-Publishing War, the only winner is the decision that is right for you.  
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Apr.14.2012
There’s absolutely no need for you to be a tortured artist.  
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Apr.13.2012
Write like an artist; edit like a clinician.  
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Apr.12.2012
On those days when you sit down to write and your writing feels as creaky as the Tin Man at the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, just keep your butt in that chair – eventually, your oil can will come along, grease you right up so you’ll be fresh again; and thus ends our folksy metaphor for the day....
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Apr.11.2012
If you’re going to kiss asses to get ahead, be discriminating about it; kiss too many asses, and people will think you’re just cheap.
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Apr.10.2012
Having family, friends, an agent, an editor, even a cat who believes in you is nice, but the only one whose belief in you is essential is you.  
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Apr.09.2012
Publishing believes that nothing succeeds like imitation excess – I’m looking at you, wizards, vampires, dystopian universes – but if at all possible, try to be original with your imitation.  
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Apr.08.2012
The shampoo bottle says “Shampoo, rinse, repeat” and so it is with writing: write, revise, write – if the first book doesn’t work out, even after revision, you write a second book and you keep repeating the process until you get to where you want to be.  
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Apr.07.2012
The title of a book can’t be copyrighted, so there’s no reason why you can’t title your novel Gone With the Wind, but I’d advise against it (says the woman who titled one novel Vertigo [famous Alfred Hitchcock film] and another The Thin Pink Line [obscure Jennifer Aniston film]).
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