Writing Tip #57

Don’t think about editing. Or marketing. Just write. It’s tempting when you’re piecing together your story to think about things that are down the road, like how on earth you’re going to sell this book or what classification or genre it falls into or whether or not you’ll be able to secure an agent or publisher. Sure, all those things are important, but they’re concerns for another time. Right now, it’s important to get those ideas down, to make those characters come alive, to immerse yourself fully in the writing process, because, let’s face it, none of those other things will matter very much if the book isn’t the very best it can be. So stop worrying whether your book is a crime thriller or legal thriller or if you should self-publish or traditionally publish. Right now, your characters need you. And you should be there for them.


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