What advice would you give to a younger you or someone who wants to be a writer? Here are my thoughts.
Don’t give up. If you want to be published, be persistent.
Work on your craft. You get better by writing and revising your drafts.
Stick with it. See a project through to a good solid draft.
Find a group of like-minded people. You need the support and guidance from other authors.
Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Learn from criticism, but don’t dwell on it. A bad review shouldn’t send you into a tail spin.
You are not in competition with other authors. You need to work to improve your skills.
Help others when you can.
Learn how to say no nicely. People will ask a lot of you. If you take on everything, you’ll stress yourself out.
Guard your writing time. Schedule it if you have to.
Find a good critique group or writing partner. You need a sounding board to read your drafts and to provide constructive feedback. Make sure everyone contributes.
Celebrate other’s successes. And celebrate your own. Writing is hard work.