Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Ten True Things

These are my ten rules – things that I have realised are true to me.

1.        A novel won't write itself.

2.        Dark chocolate is good for you but not if you eat the whole bar in one sitting.

3.        Telling friends and family you can't see them/talk to them because you're writing is wrong if all you end up doing is mucking about on Facebook.

4.        Talking about writing is not the same as actually doing it, however enthusiastic you may be.

5.        Green tea is good for you but it tastes vile.

6.        Leaving difficult tasks until they become irrelevant does work, but the huge amount of guilt you feel just isn't worth it.

7.        There is such a thing as too much research.

8.        Reading running magazines will not make you fitter unless you actually go out and run.

9.        Your teenage daughter rarely wants your advice even though you invariably do Know Better.

10.        It's OK to fail but it's not OK to give up.

What are yours?


  1. This is great, Sue. Lots of these are true for mr too although I can never face green tea!

  2. 3, 4 and 8 for me, but in 8 substitute running for house work. x

  3. You a truly a girl after my own heart! Or I'm one after yours!

  4. All of these apply, particularly the green tea, and except the running...joints won't allow at the moment. What a great list to read

  5. What a brilliant list, Sue! So true! The only things I'd have to change are 8 and 9 - gym instead of running and with no daughter, I would have to substiture husband...but it still applies! ;-)

  6. Fantastic! It works for illustrators too if you substitute 'artist' for 'writer'. Regarding green tea, Sue it's a question of quality - I don't buy it in this country because it's invariably low grade and less than fresh, green tea gradually loses it's flavour pretty quickly.

    1. There must be something half decent over here? What should I look for?


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