Hey fellow writers! I just got my book fresh from the print. It’s amazing to feel it in your hands. It’s real folks, I’ve actually made something. I’ve been working on my novel on and off for about three years. I’ve always sort of written inside my head, coming up with witty and not so witty things – but three years ago I wanted to give these ideas a voice, characters and a story. That’s when I started writing my dark humor/post-apocalyptic story about two depressed loud mouth bounty hunters, who want to rid the world of normies. If you want, you can check it on Amazon, just search for "No more normies" Here’s a few quick tips I compiled for you, things I learned and realized writing it. It’s just a book I think it’s common for writers to be super personal about their novels and what-not. I too used to be, that was until I finished it. I was drunk on the grand dream that my book will re-define prose again, how it will be on everyone's lips and what brilliant social commentary its full of. At one point I was afraid that it would become so influential that I’d have people on my door with torches. But none of that is true. We’re not as good as we think, and this is not the dark ages. What I’ve said and written has been said and written before, same thing probably with your book. It’s entertainment. Arranged black marks on bleached pressed cellulose. It will be forgotten, like the millions of better (even classic) books before. Don’t take it too seriously. You’re not writing Mein Kampf. Whatever grand cause or motive you have in your heart and pages, people will most likely not invade Poland because of it. People just won't care. It’s just a book. Even if it ends up sucking, you are not your book. So just chill and keep writing. Hone your diamonds, hide your shit. There's a popular belief that to be successful you must train your weaknesses. And you probably should, to a certain point. But don't waste too much you time on it. The average things in your book won't make your book. It's the better things. I've read enough Nabokov to know my descriptions are ameba-tier. I won't waste too much of time on them. Instead I focus on characters and dialogue, two things I believe I'm good at. That way readers won't smell the shit so much. Writing is hard and lonely work. You will always be writing, in some way. And you will do it alone. Don’t tell too many people, because most of them won’t care. And that’s fine. People have their own books to write and lives to live. You know this because you don’t care much about other’s doings either, do you? You’ll be thinking about the characters, the plot holes, your prose and how much you hate it, that one chapter that is full of rot and you can’t manage to get it right. You’ll be thinking about them all time, and all the while you’re supposed to enjoy a normal life outside writing. Your cappuccino and that friend you’re supposed to be talking with will get cold from all your thinking. At least, this is how I am. I found it very hard to just calm down and relax and stop thinking about what all my characters would say, cool twists of plot etc. Habit helps with this. Mornings are good, write in the morning and forget it for the rest of the day. At least try to. And only play video-games in the evening. If you start the day gaming you won’t end it writing. Oh, Overwatch. YOLO YODO Ditch yolo, welcome YODO. You only do it once. You only have to do it once. You only have to get it right ONCE. So make it perfect, as perfect as you are. Read through it a thousands times. Perfect every scene. Don't embarrass your future grand children too much. Rewrite, rewrite. When I thought I was done, I was actually 1½ years behind. When you’re done you can just dump it / burn it / publish it and forget about it. And then write another, better book. Read popular good and bad books. Bad books will make you feel good, good books make you humble again. That’s a good position to be in. Twilight and Hemingway make for a good contrast.