- telling the truth in your own voice
- focusing your writing (at least at first) on your childhood
- seeing your book as a long series of short writing assignments
- bad first drafts translate to good second drafts and great third drafts (three is my magic number for writing too)
- don't listen to the voices in your head when you sit down to write; just listen to your voice
- "perfectionism will ruin your writing" (p. 28 of my 1994 paperback version)
- the great equalizer of writing topics: school lunches
- being comfortable with not knowing how the piece you're writing will finish up when you're just starting to write it
- take the time to get to know your characters, and then your plot will fall into place
- read your dialogue out loud to determine if it's realistic
- the importance of being observant
And speaking of school lunches, I visited a school recently during lunchtime and got all nostalgic about what I got to eat (yes, that's a corndog back behind the salad).
Perhaps I should write about it.