Not me, my dears! Just got the preliminary report from my thesis chair on the first two chapters: “Well done […] I am anxious to see what you do with the remainder of your thesis.”
Okay, so it's not fiction writing, but hey, I've procrastinated the everlovin' heck out of this thing, so I'm tickled. I'm also ticked. What took me so long? I am so good at putting stuff off. Three more novels to analyze and one conclusion to write and man, I hope I'm finally done.
On the fiction front, do you know what the seven habits of highly effective authors are?
1. Write on a schedule.
2. Don't quit.
3. Feedback is a gift.
4. Know your audience, know thyself.
5. Have a plan.
6. Separate your work from your life.
7. When the bus stops, get on.
These seven habits come from a very thought-provoking article found on the Irene Goodman Literary Agency website. Check it out. Any others you'd add?
Congrats on getting the first part knocked off! It’s all downhill from here. 🙂
Glad to see you are getting that thesis done!!!! Are you looking towards that PHd?
Congrats on the thesis feedback.
I’d add one more thing to that list: Don’t compare yourself to others. So many writers do this and it’s completely self-destructive. Everyone’s different, everyone writes at their own pace so love thyself! 🙂
Thanks, everyone, for the congrats on the thesis feedback! It feels good to be getting somewhere on it.
Good one, Nalini! How often have we read a book and been depressed because we can’t write that well? Or been mad because we’re sure we write better? It’s an ugly spiral that does you no good when you start making comparisons. Thanks for pointing that out!