Thirteen Pieces of Advice


Thirteen Pieces of Advice

1. You want to write? Get your ass in that chair and do it. Even if it’s ten minutes every three days.

2. Stop making excuses about everyone else’s time/schedule/lifestyle/ability – you will never be anyone else but you. Be the best you you can be.

3. Keep your shit together in public

4. Dignity Costs Nothing

5. Don’t email angry. Wait a day, even an hour before you hit send.

6. Just because you can wear your underwear as clothing in public doesn’t mean you should.

7. If you preface something, “Not to be racist/sexist” etc, you are and don’t say it.

8. Suck it up

9. Don’t call your ex boyfriend or look him up on myspace just because you’ve had a fight with your current partner or when you are drunk or PMSing.

10. Don’t tell an editor your manuscript is the book of your heart.

11. Don’t give up.

12. Be grateful and humble about your successes and don’t forget to tell people you appreciate them.

13. Don’t take the low road. There’s not a damned thing wrong with being positive, especially in public.

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33 comments to “Thirteen Pieces of Advice”

  1. Kelly
    May 16th, 2007 at 8:14 pm · Link

    If you want to keep something private, but have an intense need to share it with the universe, write it on a piece of paper, burn the paper, then stomp it into infinitesimal pieces of ash.

  2. Sparkles
    May 16th, 2007 at 8:20 pm · Link

    1. Eat wasabit peas for they are the seekrit

    2. When playing water volleyball and you happen to fall against your hot, half naked male partner, it’s totally okay to boytouch

    3. Own it

    4. Not everything in your head has to come out through your mouth!

  3. Nicole Austin
    May 16th, 2007 at 8:22 pm · Link

    Great list, especially #9. Very bad impulse to follow!

  4. Xilly
    May 16th, 2007 at 9:39 pm · Link

    I am doing #12 for this week TT. Thanks for your advices.

  5. Prudence
    May 16th, 2007 at 9:47 pm · Link

    I like Advice #9. It kept me from making a fool out of myself a lot of times hehe πŸ™‚

  6. Kate Davies
    May 16th, 2007 at 11:43 pm · Link

    Excellent list! Thanks for the reminders. πŸ™‚

  7. rhian
    May 17th, 2007 at 4:13 am · Link

    heh. i felt like saluting and yelling “m’am, yes m’am!” on the first four! 😳

  8. Riley Merrick
    May 17th, 2007 at 4:26 am · Link

    Never look up to see a pigeon.

  9. Alexis
    May 17th, 2007 at 4:53 am · Link

    Some of these are great ones to remember and to pass on. Thanks!

  10. Charlene
    May 17th, 2007 at 5:28 am · Link

    Love your Thursday 13 graphic! :mrgreen:

  11. anya bast
    May 17th, 2007 at 6:39 am · Link

    Don’t wear clothing that is three sizes too small for you.

    No TT today, just wanted to stop by and say HI!

  12. Ann(ie)
    May 17th, 2007 at 6:53 am · Link

    Lots of excellent advice…and so timely!

  13. Ciar Cullen
    May 17th, 2007 at 7:01 am · Link

    I think “suck it up” is the best advice I could have heard today ;o)

  14. Lorelei James
    May 17th, 2007 at 7:22 am · Link

    Great advice. I love the suck it up. Oh, and don’t let that green-eyed monster get a toehold cause he/she is a bastard to get rid of!

  15. lili
    May 17th, 2007 at 7:42 am · Link

    Number 8 should be in the Tao. No shit. So should number 9 for that matter.

  16. bam
    May 17th, 2007 at 8:38 am · Link

    Just because you can wear your underwear as clothing in public doesnÒ€ℒt mean you should.

    AND DON’T FORGET TO WEAR UNDERWEAR. Seriously, this happened to me once. I was in the middle of class, absently scratching under the waistband of my jeans when I noticed something… I couldn’t feel the waistband of my panties. I went to the bathroom to check it out and sure enough, in my rush to get out of the house, I forgot to put on some panties.

  17. R.G. Alexander
    May 17th, 2007 at 8:42 am · Link

    Wonderful advice!

  18. Sparky Duck
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:23 am · Link

    I personally like the underwear as clothes thing, but thats just easy on the eyes.

  19. Lori
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:34 am · Link

    Great advise….thanks

  20. Jennifer Dunne
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:37 am · Link

    Heh… I know where some of these pieces of advice are coming from. πŸ™‚

    They’re all good ones, though.

    And you all have finally convinced me to join the Thursday Thirteen posse — I started with 13 recent allergy-free dinners. πŸ™‚

  21. Jorrie Spencer
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:43 am · Link

    Good advice. Am very carefully biting my tongue today.

  22. May
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:53 am · Link

    Great TT, Lauren. I keep reminding myself about number one every time there’s a day of no writing that I write more days than not and that has to be good enough.

  23. Ali
    May 17th, 2007 at 11:02 am · Link

    Great advice… I’m going to have to print them πŸ˜‰ And especially highlight #1, lol

  24. Amie Stuart
    May 17th, 2007 at 11:59 am · Link

    Note to self: No more saying, “Not to be a bitch….” *Sigh* πŸ™„

  25. Anni
    May 17th, 2007 at 12:35 pm · Link

    Youch! Great advice and a couple too close to home. *gluing butt to chair*

    I’m up too. Happy TT!

  26. Shelley Munro
    May 17th, 2007 at 12:38 pm · Link

    Great advice! Keep control of the green-eyed monster. Don’t compare your progress to others because everyone is different!

    Smile. It’s catchy πŸ˜€

  27. Susan Helene Gottfried
    May 17th, 2007 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Wise words, Lauren. Timely, too.

    Happy TT!

  28. Lauren
    May 17th, 2007 at 2:47 pm · Link

    Amie – I think one should just own one’s bitchiness. Just be a bitch, LOL!

    Shell – yes, comparing yourself to others is the bane of this darned business!

  29. Lauren
    May 17th, 2007 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Oh Megan – OWN IT should be a national slogan.

    LOL Bam – yes, remembering your underpants is always a good thing.

  30. Lauren
    May 17th, 2007 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Yay Anni! I’ve missed seeing more entries from you!

    May – yep, number one is my mantra along with number 2

  31. N.J. Walters
    May 17th, 2007 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Great advice and words to live by.

  32. TJ Michaels
    May 17th, 2007 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Well, chicklet, you sound like a wise woman ta me!


  33. Erin the Innocent
    May 17th, 2007 at 9:20 pm · Link

    This is a fantastic list πŸ™‚ Great rules to live by! lol I especially like the ‘suck it up’ rule.


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