- I will never say, “I can’t write unless I have my special pen.”
- I will learn to write with earplugs in, cramped in the backseat of my car on my lunch break.
- I will not put off writing until I tidy my office, get the kids into college, or retire.
- I will learn how to summarize my novel in one sentence.
- That sentence will not be “it’s complicated.”
- I will read rejection letters quickly for they are only proof of my effort.
- I will hold praise close to my heart.
- I will be honest even when I am telling lies.
- I will not spend countless hours wordsmithing the thirty-second sentence of my book.
- I will not neglect craft in favor of unpolished rubble.
- I will never use the phrase “the rod of his manhood speared her womanly core.”
- I will breathe the world in deeply, for it is my inspiration.
- I will read.
- I will let writing make me kinder, for in creation I feel the world’s pain.
- I will be gentle with beginners. I will be patient with experts. I will remember that no other creature has ever had my story to tell.
Karelia’s fourth novel, Something True, comes out January 13th, 2015.