2. Choose to be optimistic.
3. Pray First
4. Be patient, writing is a process and takes time.
5. Invest in your dream—financially and otherwise.
6. Find a tribe—don’t try to do this alone.
7. Remember why you write.
8. Be courageous.
9. Choose joy.
10. Remember that failure isn’t always a bad thing.
11. Be flexible.
12. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
13. Eat healthy.
14. Take a chance and hit send.
15. Make time to write a priority.
16. Take a walk—exercise regularly.
17. Don’t beat yourself up when you fall short.
18. Invest in other writers—we all have those who aren’t quite where we are.
19. Give yourself the gift of a reasonable writing schedule.
20. Have a dedicated workspace.
21. When you hit a roadblock, go around it, don’t stop.
22. Encourage other writers.
23. Sometimes, write just for the fun of it.
Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including While My Soldier Serves, Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military. She’s also the military family blogger at Guideposts.org. Her popular blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Connections: Social Media & Networking Techniques for Writers is a print expansion of her bestselling ebook on social media. She’s the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect on Twitter and Facebook.