So...I thought this was going to be an easy question to answer, but when I actually sat down to write this blog post, I realized, not so much.
I attribute most of my writerly growth to an accumulation of advice--the little things like "watch out for passive sentences" to the big things like "be patient"--and it's hard to pinpoint one piece of advice as The One.
But then I remembered that there is a quote from J. K. Rowling that I really like. She said: "I wrote about characters I was deeply interested in."
It sounds so simple, so obvious, but I've had WIPs fizzle out before because I just wasn't into them. And it's not the plot that's the problem. Plot can be made more exciting. Getting bored? Explode something. Lock your MC in a cellar. Have someone get slapped across the face. You know, whatever.
But if you don't care about what happens to your characters, no one else will either.
So I don't know if I can honestly say I'd use that same piece of advice as my "best ever" if I wrote this post again tomorrow, but it's good advice nonetheless.
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And as a side note, if you'd like to see some of the craziness we get up to, and maybe join in with a little crazy of your own, see Kristin Miller's post from yesterday about the wonder that is produce.