Hello all, good morning and salutations. I hope you week is treating you well.
Today I am reflecting on things I have learned since I took up the symbolic pen a few years ago and committed myself to writing. In many cases they seem common sense but I guess I am either uncommon or have very little sense.
1. No big agent is going to call in the middle of the night asking me where to send the $50,000 dollar check. That just isn't the way it works anymore. At least not for me.
2. I am going to have to do it myself. I have great friends in the industry that give advise and great friends outside the industry that provide help when they can but if I love my work it is my responsibility to do what I can to get into the hands of others. No one can or will do it for me (darn)
3. Never take it personally. I am a sensitive guy (I know, it's a shock) but if I am going to be an author I am going to draw criticism and rejection like politician draws corruption. It is just the nature of the beast. A writer is his own worst critic and best admirer. If I love my work - that is all that matters.
4. Never ever post anything negative in a public forum. Simply stupid and can come back to bite you (it bit me last night)
5. Write, write every day, write about everything, and then write some more. Write for the love of writing. Whether I succeed or fail is really up to the twists of fate, so if I am not writing for the love of writing then what am I writing for?
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Patrick C. Van Slyke. I hope to write horror. I hope people will read it.