January 24

Tip: In addition to items like paper and pencil (or computer), which are essential to your writing, don’t forget things like determination, a thick skin, and a sense of humor. You’ll need all these in this profession.

Thought: “Finishing your novel doesn’t guarantee publication, but not finishing it guarantees no publication. The true test of whether you’re a real novelist isn’t that you’re working on a book. It’s that you finished one.” – Raymond Obstfeld (from “The Handbook of Novel Writing)

Teaser: Your character has been cheated out of the perfect job by someone s/he knows is not appropriate for it. What does s/he do? What if it was her best friend? His lover?