Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan. This month, they ask us the following question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you've started writing?
It's hard picking only one lesson, but I'd have to say the most valuable lesson is the value of doing the work. You'll never finish that project of the heart without taking the time to read a variety of works, study your craft, pay attention to the world and other people, and oh yeah, actually sit down and write. Then rewrite. Show your work to other people and revise it again. Expect to leave behind a score of unfinished and discarded drafts in your wake. Your finished story is like an iceberg; what's visible to the readers is supported by years of practice. Don't let them down.
If you're a writer, what do you think is the most valuable thing you've learned? Feel free to share it in the comments.