The “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” Column


If you have not read his blog or don’t follow him on Twitter, Chuck Sambuchino is an awesome resource for all things pertaining to writing, literary agents and the like. He has a column entitled “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where he spotlights different writers, inviting them to share words of wisdom from their journey in the writing life.


This is one from awhile back, featuring Liz Tolsma. The advice she gives is succinct, practical and inspiring. The outline is below, but to read the full column in all it’s glory, go here.

1) BICHOK – “Butt in chair, hands on keyboard.” Enough said.

2) Stories are everywhere – look for inspiration in all kinds of places; be anticipating it and ready to capture story ideas when they come

3) Publication will happen when you least expect it – this sounds frustrating for those of us who have not been published yet, but the bottom line is this: keep after it and let the results come in their own time.

4) Marketing is hard work – I didn’t like this one, but it’s the world we live in now. The ball is almost exclusively in our court as writers to get our names out there. No excuses.

5) Never stop learning – Again, enough said.

6) Get a good critique partner – This is great advice and something I need to pursue. Most of the writing life seems to be flying solo, but I also know I can’t make significant improvement without outside input.

7) Have an outlet – I love this one! Get away from the screen and let life refresh and recharge you for future work.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Are there things you have learned so far in your writing that would be valuable to share with others? Feel free to leave a couple in the comments below!


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