By Amy MacKinnon
Some of the best writing is done waiting in line.
Writing isn't brain surgery, no one will die if you don't do it. Well, some of us might.
"I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which are true." -- Mark Twain.
Sometimes the only thing that gets me through the day is chocolate.
There's a difference between being a writer and being an author. Most days I prefer being a writer.
Labels belong on bookstore shelves. Not books.
A story is only as engaging as it characters.
Even Shakespeare had a plot. Yes, I'm talking to you.
We are writers, we avoid cliches like the plague, but, really, this writing life is a rollercoaster complete with highs and lows.
No one cares about your excuses, nor should you.
When it comes to bringing your work into the world, you need to feel everything for it to come alive.
When it comes to sending your work out into the world, you need to feel nothing so as to survive.
It's not your baby. Really.
Virginia Woolf was right about a room of one's own.
Thomas Edison was right too.
Harder this time.
You'll do it.
Some days, the words won't come, but the doubt cozies up, beds right down, and stays awhile.
This too shall pass.
Each day I try to be a better writer. Some days I succeed.
It's important to remember Lynne's sage advice: We each have our own journey. For better of worse, another's is not mine.
Bitterness is ugly. Jealousy too. Especially when it's staring you down in the mirror.
Have goals. Always.
Yeah, it's hard. But it's not life or death.
Sometimes, though, it really does feel that way.