Possibly useful writing advice (#SFWApro)

What constitutes useful writing advice is a tough call. We have different processes, different goals, different methods of focusing and creating.
For example for years I read writing articles that told me never ever ever talk about a story before you’ve written it. Saying it aloud, the argument ran, will drain the urge to put it on paper. And I read it so often it must have been true for a lot of people. For me? Never had a problem with it.
And for added proof, here are some writers on the advice they didn’t listen to (along with the listed “write the story only you can tell” I think “Write the novel it scares you to write” is close to gibberish as advice).
And here are John Scalzi and others discussing branding with similar mockery.
That said, here are some ideas that may be of use. Or not.
•Huffington Post lists eight ways to “think like an athlete” including setting really outrageous goals, working towards them every day, talking to yourself (saying positive stuff) and focus on yourself more than the competition. I think they’re useful for writers, though a lot of that depends on what clicks for you. I can find plenty of goal-setting advice that recommends plausible goals over outrageous ones, for instance. (Hat tip to LadyRomp)
•Alison J. McKenzie suggests treating goal-setting like a video game
•When we have to market our own work, what sort of goals should we have?
•Habits of People who don’t worry.
Eight questions powerful people ask themselves. Or at least the article says they do. But they’re good questions.
Shannon Thompson on creating a YouTube channel and videos to promote your work. And here on the importance of seeing people in history as people.
•A cheat sheat for body language.
•In traditional publishing, money flows to the writer. In self-publishing, Scalzi says, it’s more complicated.
•What literary agents want to see when they Google you.

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