***Note to say: I thought I finished this yesterday and published it, but apparently that did not happen. So, I'm postdating this. So sorry for the delay!***
We have all these lists of what we need to know, what we need to learn and what we need to start doing when it comes to writing and building a writing career. But there are definitely a few things I wish I hadn't learned along the way:
10. I wish I hadn't discovered writer's butt. Actually, I wish I hadn't discovered writer's butt by looking in the mirror. Too much time sitting in the same chair does not equal pleasant things for my lower half.
9. I wish I'd realized that working from home was a blessing and a curse. Blessing because I get to stay home with my precious son, a curse because I sit there completely distracted by the laundry, toys, etc and can't sit down to write until they are cleaned up.
8. I wish I'd discovered Welch's Fruit Snacks and iced coffee as a writing snack years ago.
7. Same for sitting out on my back porch on nice days. Sometimes the writing comes a lot easier when the background is changed up a bit.
6. I wish I hadn't put so much stock into what other writers' methods were and thought that their way was the only way. I would've saved myself a lot of frustration and hard drive space.
5. I wish Starbucks delivered on days when I need an iced venti caramel macchiato to get the writing going and I can't go get one because my son is napping.
4. I wish venti caramel macchiatos weren't so expensive compared to a writer's budget.
3. I wish I'd paid more attention to the "How to Market Your Novel" classes I took before I got published. So much of that would have been so helpful along the way.
2. I wish I didn't know how awful rewrites are. They are Awful. Capital A.
1. And finally, I wish I didn't know how exhausting writing can be - even though I'm sitting in the exact same position for the whole time. There is a lot of brainless TV that gets watched in my house after marathon writing stints.
How about you??