My 12 year old daughter is afraid to talk to me because I might write it. My sister doesn’t speak to me. My mom doesn’t speak to me. I suspect even Claudia is afraid of what she says to me.
When I was seven years old I plagiarized word for word stories from science fiction magazines so my teachers would think I was smart.
When I was 22 years old I thought girls would like me if I wrote a novel. I spent so much time writing that I was thrown out of graduate school.
My first published book caused me to get fired when my boss thought I stole all his ideas.
My sister wrote me, “you’re a horrible person”.
But I still want people to like me.
Tip #1: NOBODY IS AN ADVANCED WRITER. Everyone needs to improve. I’ve written 13 books. Some bestsellers. I write every day. I’ve written for newspapers, books, blogs, TV and t-shirts.
It’s a cliche but the more I write, the further I am from thinking I know how to write or anything at all about writing. So this list is really just for me.