Last week was a whirlwind adventure - one that I won't forget in a long time. I have good news, but I'm not quite ready to announce it. But along with all the good luck, I learned some very valuable lessons that I would like to share with you all:
1. Writing is like playing the piano. If you don't practice regularly, you get rusty and don't sound so good.
2. Revision is a writer's best friend. Sometimes you get mad, have a fight and never want to see it again, but you'll always be best friends.
3. Rejection is a growth process for the writer. It weeds out those who are serious from the ones who aren't.
4. Even in the meanest critique, a kernel of useful feedback can be found or a valuable lesson can be learned, like never ask the meanie to read your work.
5. Venting and whining can be cathartic, as long as it doesn't take over. Feeling sorry for yourself is fine - but always give yourself a time limit. No more than 2 days maximum whineyness allowed.
6. Always support and cheer for the successes of our fellow writers.
7. Don't let the naysayers poison your mind.
8. Perseverance is the key to success.
9. Good critique groups and beta readers are priceless.
10. My Mom was right. I'm not a chicken. I'm an eagle. Cue the cheesy 70s music.