Hello, lovely reader-writers! The Writersaurus has recently participated in a blog round-up post over on Writely Me answering the question, “What do you wish you had known when you first started writing?”. Please check it out, and also read some of their other posts–I found “Why Readers Can Relate to Your Characters” to be especially insightful. You should also sign up for their newsletter, and join their Facebook group.
Now, an assignment for you. Usually at the start of a new year we look to the future, and begin planning all the amazing things we will do next year. If we look to the past at all, it’s to note how we failed the previous years’ goals. In our fervor to close the deficit between where we are and where we hope to be, we fail to appreciate how far we have come. Having an answer to the question “what do you wish you had known when you first started writing?” implies that you know something now that you didn’t know then. This means you have grown.
So, ask yourself, what do I know now that I didn’t know when I started? Make a list and tape it to the wall above your writing desk, or keep it in your wallet to pull out whenever you’re feeling unaccomplished. And let us know your answers in the comments.