- Get into the habit of writing every day.
- Write with the audience in mind.
- After writing the draft manuscript, let it sit; come back to it after some time with fresh eyes.
- Get your ideas down and then edit them. Don't actually do any 'writing' (for those with writer's block).
- Going over the experiences that you are writing about provides huge personal value. The story will evolve from the 'actual' events.
- Writing meta descriptions of chapters can be useful for restructuring and understanding the flow of the story.
- Writing, reading, editing (and self-publishing) are a huge investment of time and energy so be prepared to be in for the long haul.
- Getting second opinions and hiring a proof reader and editor is very useful.
- Over-analysing and over-editing will gradually kill the story.
- Having others give feedback on the book is an extremely useful process and very rewarding!