Because it would take me a long, LONG time to come up with 2017 lessons, here are 17 lessons that writing taught me in 2017:
Write, even when you don’t feel like it.
Don’t overthink it.
Go with your gut, especially when it wants potato chips.
Reading is magical.
Procrastination is a spiral down. Don’t do it.
Writing can seem like the hardest thing to do.
When it’s right, you can feel it.
Love your story, even when you hate your story.
BACK UP. BACK UP. BACK UP. (I personally haven’t lost anything this year, but I know too many people who have lost it all).
Sometimes the best plot points are the ones you didn’t plan.
Not everyone is going to love your story.
Your story is your baby. Rock it, love it, but know that it’s not perfect, it needs to be cared for, cleaned… EDIT.
Reading will help you be a better writer.
You can never have too many books.
Everyone writes differently. What works for one, might not work for you.
If you want to be successful, you have to believe in yourself.
My imagination is a menagerie.
Those are in not particular order, other than the order of which they dawned on me, but each of them does ring true for me in one way or another. These are just a few of the things that I've taken away from writing in 2017. Now I'm looking forward to what 2018 holds in the cards for me and my writing.
Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!