10. Omniscient POV is no longer in style, and it’s very nearly a sin to try to use it.
9. Some people value rules more than style and will kill style to follow the rules. Also, some people will “edit” your style right out of your work in order to keep the rules. Don’t let them!
8. People will support and encourage you in direct proportion to how much you support and encourage them. Never burn bridges.
7. Children love orange juice and will ask for it just as your hero is dangling off a bridge into a 30-foot gully trying to save your heroine.
6. God cares as much about your story as you do, and there’s a reason He gave it to you to write and not to someone who is either more talented or more famous. Guard that responsibility with care.
5. The real point of writing is not to make money or even to reach a lot of people. The real point is to connect with the people you do touch in a deep and meaningful way.
4. All the contracts in the world aren’t worth one really good friend.
3. All the contracts in the world aren’t worth sacrificing quality and quantity time with your kids and spouse.
2. Valuing the truly important things (your spouse, your kids, your family, your friends) will pay dividends that being on a remainder list never will.
1. God is in charge. If you act as if He is not but you have told Him He is, He will take you at your word and do it His way-every single time. Learn to give the entire journey-not just this project or that meeting-over to Him. Let Him guide every character, every project, every moment of your day, and your life will open up in front of you whether what the world calls success ever comes or not. You will know in the depths of yourself that to God, your success and worth were never in question, and you will begin to agree with Him. At that point, you will begin to live.
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You’ll feel better for the experience!