#18 What do you want from writing? Decide. Once you have, take the time to ponder that decision, every so often.
It’s easy, once you start “getting on a roll”, for the writing/editing/submission/rejection/(possible)redrafting/resubmitting/rejection/resubmitting process to become a fire that consumes the reason you wanted to write in the first place.
The first thing I did when I got to Clarion was put my Jolly Roger flag up on the wall. I wanted it to remind me why I was there, that I wanted to do new things, bold things, and that I didn’t want to necessarily do things the way they’d been done in the past. In the couple of years since, I think (inevitably) I’ve taken my eyes off that pirate flag, a little, and stopped trying hard enough to break new ground.
No more. That flag’s going back up on my wall at home. Yarr!