Guest post by Theresa Paolo

Today I’m delighted to welcome New Adult author Theresa Paolo to Off the Page sharing the A-Z of what she’s learned as a writer…

IMG_8057Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She signed with Berkley (Penguin) and her debut novel, (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, released in Fall 2013. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

A-Z The Things I’ve learned as a Writer

I have learned so much along my writing journey. Some I learned the easy way and others, well, not so easy. Today I wanted to share some of those lessons with you. So here goes.

  1. Always carry a pen and paper
  2. Be prepared for rejection
  3. Critique Partners, if you’re lucky, will become your best friends
  4. Distractions can destroy your mojo
  5. Embrace the thing that makes your writing yours
  6. Facebook is one of those distractions
  7. Goodreads, after you’re published, is Evil (Yes Evil with a capital E)
  8. Having your first book debut on the NYT bestseller list is most likely not going to happen
  9. Inspiration can come from the weirdest places
  10. Just write
  11. Keep going even if you think you’re writing nothing but garbage
  12. Love your work, or no one else will
  13. Main characters can and will control your life
  14. Never give up. Ever
  15. Opinions. Everyone has them and they are entitled to them
  16. Perseverance does pay off
  17. Quit comparing yourself to other writers. There’s a reason you aren’t them.
  18. Read. Read. Read. Revise. Revise. Revise.
  19. Sweat pants are a must
  20. T witter is another distraction
  21. Understandable that you may not know what a comma splice is or a participle, but you will
  22. Vampire Diaries is not always the best show to have on when writing. See D.
  23. Walk away every now and again
  24. (e)Xpectations aren’t always met and that’s okay
  25. You can do it no matter what that voice in your head tells you
  26. Zombies, witches, werewolves, vampires etc. will come and go, don’t write for a trend, write for you

There’s my list. Now I want to know some of the things you’ve learned along your journey as a writer.


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