Know yourself really well
Protect the things you believe will work
Let your characters lead you
Believe in your voice
Grab something from lived experience
Your premise doesn’t need to be original but you need to believe in it
Target the research to the completed narrative.
Know the conventions before you break them
Learn to listen between the lines
Silence is also a part of dialogue.
Endings should be unexpected and inevitable
It’s not indulgence. It’s not about feeling guilty. It’s doing something for the greater good.
Nothing in life is static