Facebook Note: One

#Step One: Keep Your Bunny Feed

Pay regular homage to your Bunny. They will attack unexpectedly and with voracity, one minute you’ll be minding your own business and the next thing you know? You’ll be typing out a synopsis for a storyline you had no intention of proceeding with.

Always be mindful that your Bunny loves to hate you.

And when in doubt? Pass that Bunny on. The infection will spread like a zombie plague. No one will be safe. No one.

The upside? Someone, somewhere, somehow will finish what you started.

The downside? You’ll be bitten again and again, and it won’t always be a nip, sometimes those little fuckers will chew until you’ve nothing left but to give in peacefully. But know that you’ll be going down with pride and alongside a legion of authors just waiting for their time to bite back!

#Step Two: Keep Your Mind Tidy!

We all do it. Don’t look so innocent. You know you do!

You have random bits of paper stashed in books, DVD cases, open Docs, notes and various scans of scribblings from work (tut tut!) The more tech savvy of you will have apps and FB snippets sprinkled across the web awaiting a more convenient time to start/finish.

Stop! No more.

Get one App (or book or binder or collection of napkins) choose your medium, don’t let it dictate to you.

Because you know those snippets? Though they may not work with what you’re working on now, they will work sometime down the line. They will work and work and work.

#Step Three: Let Your Character Flow

It can be super annoying when you’ve plotted the end and your characters refuse to get there in a timely fashion. But you know what? Let them be. They obviously want what they want. Don’t stress. They’ll get there.

Eventually. Hopefully?? And if not? Well, who needs them anyway! Not me! Certainly not you.

Actually… Ignore that last bit (bad advice, it’ll get you nowhere, trust me.)

But, if you are having trouble? Take a step back. Do something else for a little while, or you can rope in some friends to beta what you’ve got and give you feedback. They might be able to see over that brick wall you’ve hit.

#Step Four: Be Proud!

I’m proud of you. And I don’t even know you! Your work (no matter the state) is something to be proud of.

Marvel at the sheer awesome power of your imagination. Even if it’s crap. And be truthful, we’ve all written crap (I’m not even sure this entire doc isn’t crap) but and it’s a big BUT, own it. Own every misspelled word, every grammatical error, every bit of canon that you fudged. Own your errors and be proud that you made them.

In opposition, be proud of your success. Don’t shy away from you comments and hits. Brag about them, be happy. Your success will inspire those starting out (or coming back).

Bask in the joy that you give others (don’t be a douche about it) but never, ever ever let that pride go.

You did that. Well done. You have accomplished. You thought the thing, plotted the thing, and then you did the thing.

#Step Five: Delete ‘Those’ Comments

Nobody needs that shit. Nobody.

Don’t engage. EVER.

Those insufferable little know it alls can ‘Get to Fuck’ or more commonly used these days #GFY.

Embrace your inner bitch and let rip. But do it away from ‘them’.

Unfortunately uppity trolling dicks tend to ‘win’ by default. And I stress the quotations on win, because their small troglodytic minds cannot comprehend the thought that they are not all knowing, all seeing queens/kings of the arena.

They are a waste of need data space and they only have one path ahead of them.

Straight into the trash. Out of sight and out of mind.

#Step Six: Be The Best

Well be your best. That is all you can be.

Strive for the best that you can do, and if that doesn’t work? Find someone to collaborate with.

#Step Seven: Have Fun 😆

If you’re not having fun, then you definitely not doing it right.

Writing is freedom of expression, even when you’re writing the most tragically horrifying scene you can think of. In the back of your head (the lizard part) have FUN.

If you’re not having fun, then neither are your readers.

That’s as inspirational as I get. So if it helps, know that I got this from my few forays in writing and I have fallen for afoul of each at some point or other.