Since it seems that everybody and their grandmother is putting out a "top ten tips for writers" post to draw people into their blogs: I'm doing it too. I wouldn't want you people to think I was too good for pandering to the lowest common denominator (because I'm really not).
Top Ten Tips for Writers
1. Never actually publish anything.
Nothing ruins your writer-mystique like publishing your works. If you can tell people I'm a writer, and give them a vague description of your WIP, I bet they'll be really impressed. However, if you go ahead and publish something, they might read it and find out you don't know what you're doing after all.
2. Stock up on duct tape, and throwaway mobile phones (burners).
You need to get reviews somehow, hostage taking is a very effective method. Oh, you'll need a van too.
3. A comfy pair of slippers is essential to being a writer.
4. Ignore all criticism.
Anyone who doesn't love your work just doesn't get you. Smite them!
5. Write drunk, and edit drunk too.
Because editing sucks, and you need something to help you get through it.
6. Never EVER use the word 'said'.
It's dull. There are so many better words to use, like spluttered, ejaculated, spilt. That kind of thing.
7. Erotica is where the money is.
They say write about what you're enthusiastic about. Who isn't enthusiastic about sex? Also, if you have some weird fetish, you can write about that and get a part of a niche market.
8. You're not a serious writer unless you're spending your weekends in Starbucks with your MacBook.
Again, 'Nuff said.
9. There's no money in writing.
After you have written your first book, get working on your 'How To' series about being a writer. Don't worry if no-one recognises your name, no-one knows who any of these how-to people are.
10. If all else fails: rip someone off.
I'm a lawyer and this is legal advice: plagiarism is bloody hard to prove in a court of law. Go for it.
Steve Birdman, Attorney at Law
The above is intended for humorous purposes only, and number 10 is NOT legal advice in any shape or form, no matter what I said in it. I will not be held accountable for anything you bastards do as a result of reading this blog. Oh, and re number 2: kidnapping is a crime. Don't do that either.