A- Accept. Accept the painful edits you get with grace. Accept the fact that people will probably think you're off your rocker once in a while. Accept the hard work that comes with writing and publishing. But do not accept negative thoughts. Do not accept pride. And do not accept self-doubt.
B- Brave. Be brave. Letting the world see your writing is hard. Letting editors tear into your precious manuscript could even produce tears. But be brave. The world needs your stories, and sometimes it takes a little courage to get to the goal.
C- Celebrate. Even the smallest successes are still just that--success. They're all steps, and sometimes a bit of celebrating is what you need!
D- Decide. Decide right now that you're not going to quit.
E- Expectations. Make sure your expectations for yourself, your book(s), your readers, etc are in their proper place. While having ambitions are great, don't let high expectations become a stumbling block.
F- Friends. Surround yourself with friends that will encourage you and help you when it comes to writing. Don't let people put your hobby/career/dream down!
G- Goals. Because they're really important to have if you want to accomplish anything!
H- Help. Don't be afraid to ask for help. We all need it sometimes. And don't be afraid to give help to someone else. Remember the golden rule!
I- Ideas. Ideas are the seeds of everything great. Don't worry if your first idea is awful. Or your second, or your third. The deeper you dig into your ideas, the more you really think about things, the better ideas you'll get. They're everywhere. You just have to find them.
J- Jesus. As a Christian writer, your top goal should be to glorify the Lord. Ask Him to guide you, and give Him praise!
K- Kindle. Or just e-books in general. Don't get wrapped up in the notion that e-books isn't the "real thing" or that "real" authors do print books. We are living in an age where the e-book is mighty, and it'd be a shame to overlook the great potential there.
L- Live. Take the time to count the stars, laugh with your family, take a walk, or eat a chocolate chip cookie.
M- Mistakes. Of course you're going to make mistakes! Everyone does, and that's ok. It's part of the learning process. The true test comes with how you respond to the mistakes made.
N- Notes. Keep notes. Whether it's in a notebook or an online application, note-taking will save the day more than once.
O- Open minded. Keep an open mind to what your readers are saying. Don't discredit what might seem like a hairbrained idea. Always be willing to learn.
P- Plot. No plot, no story. Have a plot that pulls the reader in, compliments your characters, and stays far away from the land of cliche. :P
Q- Questions. Ask as many questions as you can. The more you wonder "why" or "what if" the better story you will write.
R- Read. Read a lot. But don't just read. Take apart the books. Figure out why you liked them, or why you didn't. Take note of characters, imagery, themes, and more.
S- Study. Sure, writing is fun, but some study goes a long way. If you're going to do something, do your very best to do it right.
T- Time. Writing takes time. Editing takes time. Publishing and Marketing takes time. So make sure you're willing to invest your time!
U- Understand. Understand that writing is a valuable tool to bring honor to God. Understand that no, not everyone is going to realize that. But understand that in the long run, as long as you're doing what God wants, it doesn't matter what other people think.
V- Victories. One of my favorite sayings is "Victories don't come by chance". I use that in regards to my spiritual life, but it applies to pretty much anything, if you think about it. You want victories when it comes to writing? They don't come by chance.
W- Wait. Sometimes it's hard, for sure! But there are times when waiting is necessary. Don't be afraid to slow down and do just that. When you're super stuck on a book, or when you're pushing too hard for something that maybe just needs a little more time...wait.
X- EXuberance. Never lose that crazy little sparkle! It's what makes you --you!
Y- You can do it! :)
Z- Zeal. Don't ever lose your zeal for writing. Remember why you are doing it, and have a good reason to say "I won't quit."
Hope you all have a lovely day!