Hello everyone. Today’s writing tip is short and to the point.

Marketing, and connecting with potential readers is important, so is learning to hone your craft from writing, to editing. But, the most important part, is to remember that writing comes first.

Finish your novel, or novella, or short story first.

The rest will come in time, through patience and perseverance. We need to remain active in discussions with our writer’s groups and with our readers and fellow authors, but until you have a book to revise, it will only distract you from finishing your current project.

It is so easy to jump from one project to the next and forget to bask in each accomplishment. Doing so will often leave you feeling burnt out.

Take a break between projects.

Even if it’s only a day or two to catch up on any backlogged emails. Allow yourself to bask in the knowledge that all your hard work has paid off in a strong, publish worthy manuscript. Bask in the knowledge you’ve done something many people won’t have the courage to, you completed a novel. Now, you need to find the courage to share it with others.

Remember to celebrate each accomplished step. Just save the really big celebration for when you receive the first printed copy of your book.

So, what are some of the ways you like to celebrate each little step? Do you reward yourself by reading a book you’ve put of until you finished your project? A few chocolates? A bag of jelly bellies? Come on, don’t be shy. Share some of your ideas with us.

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About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

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