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Deb Tawna says you shouldn’t listen to her writing advice

When I started my blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing 15 months ago, I realized quickly that readers were looking to me for two things.

No, I’m not talking about my boobs.

My regular blog readers show up expecting cheap laughs and writing advice. I can offer the latter for the same reason a stuntman who’s broken every bone in his body can offer tips on helmet safety. I had a rather bumpy road to publication, so I know a few things about the landmines that can leave aspiring authors clutching their bloody stumps and shouting, “what the hell was that?!”

I’ve gotten on my soapbox about issues like how to handle critiques and why you shouldn’t fixate on a “dream agent” and 10 tips for tackling a beastly to do list and squashing self-doubt demons.

And while I stand by any advice I’ve given in the last 15 months, I always want to offer it with the caveat, “this totally applies to you…unless it doesn’t.”

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to writing or getting published. Some people take 20 tries to write a publishable manuscript. Some people get lucky (*snicker*) on a first try.

Some people follow strict rules about avoiding adverbs and being clumsy with back-story, while other authors thumb their noses at the so-called rules as they scramble to the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

So I guess my best advice is to ignore me. Choose your own path. Make your own rules. Forge ahead as fearlessly as you can, and brace yourself for the occasional smackdown.

And stop staring at my boobs.