Happy Anniversary!

It’s time for a toast. Or, given the amount of calories I’ve already eaten today, maybe a piece of toast would be wise. Regardless of how we celebrate, it’s been a year since the creation of this site!

There is nothing like a birthday or anniversary to make us reflective. Here are some things I’ve learned this last year. You can click on links to read related posts.

  1. Nothing matters as much as good writing.
  2. Being a writer means being open to disagreement and criticism.
  3. Posting writing updates on social media makes good business sense. ONLY posting writing updates, and nothing else, on social media is self-serving.
  4. If I am doing what God has called me to do, he will pay my bills.
  5. Publishing something where someone might recognize themselves without getting their approval first is dumb, dumb, dumb.
  6. I will always miss teaching. I will miss my students more.
  7. There is more than one way to make money as a writer. Some are more interesting than others.
  8. Writing is a real job, and should be treated like one.
  9. Having a writing group RULES.
  10. Play nice with editors. In fact, play nicer than everyone else.
  11. Keep good records and follow up on open invoices, submitted manuscripts, etc.
  12. Sometimes I will hate my own writing.
  13. It’s forced and synthetic to create a list with a nice round number like 15, and less satisfying than ending on a prime number instead.

Looking forward to another year, with more learning and victory ahead! And don’t forget the toast!

 

Photo credit of the VERY calorie-intense toast: penguincakes – http://www.flickr.com/photos/penguincakes/2788691971/, CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25547996
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