I wrote the first chapter of my first novel six years ago this month. I’m happy to report that I’ve learned a number of lessons in those years. To celebrate, I thought I’d list six of those lessons.
1) Adverbs: The publishing world hates them, which makes me sad. I love them.
2) Prologues: Oops.
3) Agents: Desirable, but elusive as the perfect opening line.
4) Trends: In just the last few years we’ve shifted (pardon the pun) from paranormal, to steampunk, to geek romance, to erotic and BDSM. I’ve managed to write a bit of most of the above.
5) Series Bible: A really smart move.
6) Scrivener: Truly awesome once you give it a try.
How about you? What are some of the lessons you’ve learned over the course of your writing journey?