I’ve had to realize that advice is simply what works for the person giving it. I’ve had to figure out what works for me. Tips and training are valuable, but in the end, you are your own boss. That means YOU are accountable to YOU. I don’t write everyday. I don’t write “what I know.” I don’t eschew one point of view over the other. I don’t get anal about “show, don’t tell.” I write. And I don’t quit, even if it takes me longer than it takes other authors. I determined early on that I was going to be a finisher. I would FINISH one book before I started another. I wouldn’t scrap my manuscript. I would see it through to the end. That is the most valuable piece of advice I can give to new writers. Finish. The confidence it will give you is more valuable than the book itself.
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in seventeen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
She has written eleven novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as From Sand and Ash, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her latest novel, The Queen and The Cure, book two in The Bird and The Sword Chronicles, was released May 9, 2017.