on Career Authors:
1) No matter how your work is being received, love yourself at every stage of your writing life. I sure wish I had been kinder to myself.
I took rejection hard over the decades before my first novel was published. And trust me, the demons still want in. There are days I beat myself up for perceived shortcomings more than I actually write. I castigate myself for not being able to produce when it’s time to produce, for creating words, sentences – entire stories – that don’t live up to what I’d conjured so clearly and beautifully in my head. So, see? I don’t always live by my own advice. Hell, I even beat myself up for beating myself up 😊.
Each writer you were, are, or will become, is important, valid and frankly wonderful.
But here’s what I’ve learned: