Thursday, January 20, 2011

Seven Writing Hints from my Dogs

1. Don't wait for your muse. Get your butt in the chair.



2.
It's ideal if someone has your back. Find a critique partner.



3.
Tighten your manuscript. Make every word count.



4.
Keep your eyes open. Research agents, read books in your genre, and stay informed.



5.
Don't get distracted. Focus, focus, focus!



6.
Look closely at submission guidelines.



7. After you've done your very best,
relax. Only so much is within your control.

21 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Too cute! I have a link on my blog today for the cats version of this. You have to check it out! I couldn't stop laughing. :D

storyqueen said...

Love your dogs...(I think I need your tips, too!)

Shelley

Paul Greci said...

Awesome post Dawn. I love the way you've paired the photos with the advice!!!

Dawn Simon said...

Thanks for the comments! :)

Stina, I just checked out the post. Those cats are so dang cute.

Margo Berendsen said...

This is wonderful! I love the "look closely at guidelines!" Found you from the cat's writer's journey :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Your dogs are super smart! Great tips! And totally adorable!

Travener said...

Do they have a book coming out soon?

Dawn Simon said...

Travener, no, but I really wish their owner did. ;)

Suma Subramaniam said...

I love your dogs, Dawn. They are just so adorable and so good at giving writing tips. Hope to see them at a dog friendly conference:-)

Best,
Suma

Solvang Sherrie said...

What a great list :)

Medeia Sharif said...

This brought a smile to my face.

My cats have been a bad influence on me. I nap too much, when I should be writing.

Anita Saxena said...

Your dogs are quite knowledgable about the publishing world and writing :)

Susan Fields said...

That was fun! Great pictures and tips. :)

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I love these pictures!! Perfect!

Tracy said...

LOL! Those were great, Dawn.

Between your post and mine, we've concluded that animals know far more about this whole writing thing than we do! :D

Laura Pauling said...

Great pics! And that pretty much sums up what we have to do every day!

Hema P. said...

Dawn, I'm sure one of these days you'll have a fully finished manuscript on your desk, which you didn't write (a la the waistcoat in the "Tailor of Gloucester"), and you'll be left wondering when you wrote all that! :-) Love the pictures and the dogs in it!!

Robert Guthrie said...

Fantastic. I love this.

My butt is in the chair, but I'll pay attention to the dogs for the rest.

Molly Hall said...

Dawn! When you come back from a blog break, you come back with a vengeance! I am still catching up with all your wonderful posts! LOVE these dog photos. How did they get so very wise? : )

Margaret Nevinski said...

Thistle and Pepper are too cute. And so wise! Please tell them I really appreciated the writing advice, especially the part about relaxing after you've done your very best.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, I just LOVED that!! So cute!