In no particular order:
- I work best with a one page outline that I can add/change as I go. I guess I am an outliner/pantser hybrid.
- I promised myself I would not edit as I go so I could actually finish writing the draft. This also causes extreme stress and anxiety.
- I think my writing is better if I don't edit as I go.
- I am a very impatient person, and this novel has
forcedtaught me to be patient.
- No one will ever be as hard on me as I am on myself (I'm almost positive this is true for every writer).
- I cannot edit with a red pen; I must use green.
- My green pen has its own hashtag on Twitter #greenpenofcarnage
- #1k1hr on Twitter is my best friend and I've made awesome friends there.
- My husband is the best ever because he loves me no matter how neurotic I am, or how many times we eat cereal for dinner because I'm too busy writing.
- It is possible to work 10 hour days and then come home to write.
- Writing is the one thing I can do with sarcoidosis.
- Papa Johns knows our order by heart.
- My animals love when I write because they get extra snuggle time with me on the couch.
- I have amazing support from friends, family and the writing community.
- Writing is extremely difficult and sometimes I want to cry because I'm so stressed out and have no idea how I will accomplish everything I want to, but despite all that, I am in love with writing and wouldn't change anything for the world.
- There is nothing I would rather do than write (even when it's driving me nuts).
Keep in mind these are just a few things. This list could go on and on and I'm sure I will edit it to add more. What about you? What is something your writing has taught you about yourself?