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Put story ahead of writing.

Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul. Listen to that inner voice, and don’t get to the end of your life and say, ‘What if my whole life has been wrong?'”

— Dr. Wayne Dyer

Make your first draft messy — Too often, authors try to get it exactly right in the first draft. Unfortunately, that practice defeats the entire purpose of an initial draft! The first draft should be all about getting your ideas and concepts down in raw, simple form. It should be written, as Stephen King says, ‘with the door closed’, meaning that it’s for you and your eyes only. Ignore your mistakes, misspellings and urges to locate the perfect turns of phrase — these will be addressed during editing. Just sit down and let your fingers fill the pages in front of you.”

— Shawn & R.J. from Book Marketing Tools

Create first with your heart. Write first with your heart. Build your story with phrases and sounds, images and action, character and events. Later, write with your mind. Make sense of your story; make your story make sense. Write first for yourself, then write and re-envision — revise — for your reader.”

— Stefras (Shawn Urban)

As writers, we often think about external audiences more than the internal audience of one. We are so concerned with how other people will view our writing that we forget that our writing can change us, too. Remember, while there are always improvements to be made, we are often our own harshest critics. Enjoy the process and write for you.”

— Unknown

One of the most crucial pieces of advice I give to authors is to care less. The problem is, if you think about any one thing very hard, it gets difficult. Writers put too much of themselves into that first book.”

— Chuck Wendig
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