Finding time: Organize your work, set a schedule, and fit in what you can during your busy work days while taking full advantage of your days off. Eliminate distractions like facebook, and use the time you spend waiting for other things to get to reading or writing.
Help out other authors: Follow them on social media, buy and review their books, and spread the word about authors you love. There’s no competition—the world would be a better place if everyone read more books!
What’s weird in a weird world: If your writing fantasy, try to keep in mind what’s unusual within your fantasy realm. Try to establish how things normally work, and set aside what’s rare. If you can, bring in a character who knows as much about your new fantasy world as the reader would know, so readers can learn right alongside this character.
Writer or Author? Hm… I don’t know if you learned anything from this post, except to have fun and laugh at yourself wherever you are in this weird, long, learning process.
From special guest author, Christie M. Stenzel: Never give up! If you're writing for yourself, and doing what you love, you can consider it a success.
Don’t forget your three golden rules! Read a lot, write a lot, and be persistent!