And you should write those short stories you have on deadline too. You know the ones that are supposed to help pay the bills?
Me: (pep talk to me:) Bear, it's just a caper novel. It's Little Fuzzy meets The Italian Job. That's all it is. You know what happens. You have the world built. You know the characters okay.
You're psyching yourself out here, kid. Just tell the fscking story. The meta will take care of itself.
benpeek has his own ten things he's learned from being a writer:
8. Your friends will eventually become tired of buying your work. It's best to tell them, from the start, that they're not required to buy it, read it, or even pay attention to it. This way you will receive their unconditional support, though they will not, in most cases, buy it, read, or talk to you about it. You will be quite happy with this.
Amen, baby. Amen. So quit apologizing if you haven't read my books already. You're here to entertain me, fools!
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